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The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) has launched the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Center (PWNHC) Museum Art Collection online portal, which contains over 1,400 documents and photos of works of art, including sculptures, paintings, prints and textiles.

The new portal increases public access to the collections of the PWNHC, which showcases and preserves the arts, cultures, history and heritage of the Northwest Territories (NWT). Collected over the 40-year history of the PWNHC, the public can browse the art collection and view the artworks created by over 200 northern, Canadian and international circumpolar artists from the comfort of their own homes.

Access to the collection is extremely valuable to anyone seeking information about its cultural heritage as well as those interested in the various collections of Norse and Indigenous artifacts housed at the PWNHC.

The website contains artwork information and high-definition images that can be enlarged and examined in detail, searched by artist, culture, region or date based on interest. The size of the collection will continue to grow and evolve as new works of art are acquired.

This project has been made possible through the financial support of the Government of Canada, Canadian Heritage Museums Assistance Program.

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“Nordic art is closely linked to the history and identity of the territory, as well as to its residents and communities. The online Museum Art Collection allows us to showcase the amazing works of art produced in the NWT and allows us to celebrate the artists who produced them. Art is inseparable from history and culture, and making northern art more accessible territorially, nationally and internationally will help promote the natural and cultural beauty of the NWT and its people.

R.J. Simpson, Minister of Education, Culture and Employment

Fast facts

  • The PWNHC has over 75,000 objects in its collections, including archaeology, human history, natural history, and art. These collections have been developed over the past 40 years and (as is usually the case with museums) only a fraction of the material can be displayed in the museum at any one time. By providing online access to stored collections, the PWNHC provides access to thousands of objects.
  • The art collection is the first phase of a multi-year project to make the PWNHC collections more accessible.
  • Although not directly linked to the NWT Arts Strategy 2021-2031, this project supports the principles of the strategy to promote and celebrate NWT arts and artists.
  • In-person tours of the collections area or in-person tours to view specific objects in the collection can be arranged by contacting museum_collections@pwnhc.ca.

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For media inquiries, please contact:

Ministry of Education, Culture and Employment

Government of the Northwest Territories

ecepublicaffairs@gov.nt.ca