MacBride Museum - Downtown

MacBride Museum - Downtown

Yukon's first —and recently expanded - museum offers a comprehensive view of the resilient people and groundbreaking events that have shaped the territory's history. Home to 40,000 objects, our galleries illustrate stories from Yukon First Nations, the natural world, the Klondike Gold Rush and more. Our Icons gallery showcases our unforgettable places and the amazing people who built modern Yukon. We're also home to incredible art pieces, including a Ted Harrison collection and the Northern Lights icicles. Take it all in through engaging programs, events, music and storytelling. See the events section for details.
Yukon stories live here.

MacBride Museum was named Canada's #1 most under-rated attraction by MSN Travel Canada. It was also named Yukon's favourite museum and attraction by a Yukon, North of Ordinary magazine readers' poll.

Galleries and Exhibitions

MacBride Museum offers a half city block of indoor and outdoor exhibitions illustrating the Yukon's modern history. This outline of the galleries will help you navigate the Yukon's stories.

Aurora Hall 

Enter MacBride Museum into Aurora Hall from Front Street.  This gallery houses the Northern Lights Icicle art installation; a partnership between MacBride and Lumel Studios with the support of our community.  Sponsors and creators of the icicles include industry leaders, museum members, Yukon students and mining businesses led by Victoria Gold Corp.

First Nations Gallery

There are fourteen First Nations in the Yukon and this gallery explores their stories as the starting point for all of Yukon’s history and its present. Visit MacBride for an introduction to these stories and then visit Yukon cultural centers across the territory.

The Wild World

See an albino moose and thirty-five other special creatures up close and personal.  Put your hands on our animal fur samples and learn the difference between a bear rug and a coyote coat.  Explore our animal skull samples and find out if your head will REALLY fit into a polar bear's mouth.

The Gold Rush Gallery

Visit the land of gold. This gallery tells the story of the Klondike Gold Rush and how that enticing shiny metal changed the Territory. 

Land and Light Gallery

From ancient times to the modern-day, the people of the Yukon have been profoundly affected by the landscape and have reflected this in their artwork and functional creations. Explore these objects and view the Ted Harrison Collection.

Map Library

A relaxing gallery showcasing historic maps, which are both pieces of art and snapshots of the Yukon’s development. These maps help us understand our geography and history as well as how to find our way around this beautiful place. The map library is also home to MacBride’s reference and rare book collections.

Icons and Innovators Gallery

When you think of the Yukon, what comes to mind? From the magnificence of Mount Logan to the Whitehorse Horse Inn, some places, people and events define us.  Visit the Icons gallery and come away amazed by our Territory. 

The Cold Chamber

Learn how Yukoners live in a cold and isolated environment.  See the clothing that lets us enjoy winter's most frigid days.   Check out the temperatures in our cold chamber!

The Transportation Courtyard with The Woodchuck and the Sam McGee Cabin - Seasonal

Visit The Woodchuck, a 37-foot tunnel stern workboat formerly of the British Yukon Navigation Company.   Learn about the Yukon River and the boats that travelled it.

Robert Service made the Yukon and Sam McGee famous. Visit the real Sam McGee’s cabin to learn about the man behind the Yukon legend.

The Telegraph Office - Seasonal

Built in 1900, for Commissioner Ogilvie, the Telegraph Office is Whitehorse’s oldest building in its original location. MacBride Museum started our operations here in 1952.  The Telegraph Office is home to an exhibition showcasing Yukon  telecommunications history.

Drop by the gift shop full of unique gifts that reflect our gallieries and stories.