Cultural & Interpretive Centres
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Many First Nations have designed cultural centres to share their unique traditions. They are a gathering place for communities and a place for visitors to experience the hospitality and traditions of Yukon First Nations. There are also museums, visitor centres and informative signs along highways and river paths to guide you through our natural history and the traditions of our people. Click on the links below to visit our world class heritage, cultural, visitor and interpretive centres in various communities—they sponsor a wide range of events and activities year round so visit often—virtually and in person! You’ll always be welcome!
Kluane Museum of Natural History | Tagé Cho Hudän Interpretive Centre | Dänojà Zho Cultural Centre | Da Kų | Binet House Interpretive Centre
John Tizya Centre | Big Jonathan House | Teslin Tlingit Heritage Centre | George Johnston Museum | Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre

Kluane Museum of Natural History

Burwash Landing


Hours: May 15th - September 15, 9am - 6:30pm daily
Location: Historic Mile 1093 on the Alaska Highway
Contact: (867) 841–5561 | kluanemus@yknet.ca
Our museum offers a world-class wildlife exhibit with dioramas depicting natural habitat, interpretive displays featuring Aboriginal clothing, tools and weapons of the Southern Tutchone people, as well as minerals and gemstones that are found in the Yukon.

The gift shop has many locally made crafts, including beaded, fur-trimmed moccasins and a great selection of books about the North. Our pull through parking lot can accommodate large vehicles and RV’s. Watch for the World's Largest Gold Pan located next to the museum.

Tagé Cho Hudän Interpretive Centre

Carmacks


Hours: Mid-May to Mid-September, 9am – 6pm daily
Location: Just north of the Yukon River Bridge
Contact: (867) 863-5831 | tagechohudan@northwestel.net
The centre showcases the traditional lifestyles of the Little Salmon Carmacks First Nation with elaborate displays inside and out. Sit inside a moose skin home, a brush house, or climb inside a log pole house.

Inside displays include a rare collection of Northern Tutchone tools such as micro-blades, tanning tools, a salmon skin dog pack and a ‘netted’ rabbit skin blanket. Dioramas feature a dugout and moose skin boats. Well informed guides will tell you fascinating stories about the old days and the old ways during your tour.

Dänojà Zho Cultural Centre

Dawson City


Hours: Late May to Mid September, Mon - Sat, 10am - 5pm
October – April (by appointment only)
December (gift shop open by appointment only)
Location: 1131 Front St across from Visitor Information Centre
Contact: (878) 993-6768 | cultural.centre@trondek.ca
Website: trondekheritage.com
Welcome to Dänojà Zho Cultural Centre. We are the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in and we have a story to tell. Our relaxed and friendly atmosphere is perfect for learning and sharing. We invite you to explore our history, traditions and cultural practices. Discover the story of Moosehide Village, our songs and how we live and thrive today.

Dänojà Zho presents cultural programs, arts events, guided gallery tours and hands-on activities that are open to everyone. The Dänojà Zho Gift Shop specializes in hand-made beaded footwear, contemporary jewelry and crafted gifts as well as northern and First Nation books, art, and music. This is the gift shop you have been looking for!

Summer Program Highlights:

  • Exhibition, Guided Tours & Gallery Tours
  • Radio Zho - live entertainment radio broadcast
  • Of Land and Sky: what the plants tell us
  • Bannock Attack Program
  • The Beading Table
  • National Aboriginal Day Celebration: June 21

Da Kų "Our House"

Haines Junction


Hours: Mid-May to Mid-September, Mon – Fri, 8:30am – 4:30pm
Location: 280 Alaska Highway, Haines Junction
Contact: (867) 634-3300 | daku@cafn.ca
Website: cafn.ca/centre.html
Welcome to Da Kų (Our House). Da Kų Cultural Centre celebrates the vibrant language, culture and traditions of Champagne and Aishihik First Nations people, and offers guided tours, campfire talks, traditional artwork, artifacts, and more. Learn about: dän - our people, dän kéyi - our land, dän ke - our ways, and Southern Tutchone – our language. We are proud to share our story with you.

Enter into a grove of forest fire-killed trees. Explore our lands in the map room depicting traditional trails, villages, and special places. View the intricate beadwork of CAFN people. Watch artists at work indoors and out. And visit our retail store for locally made First Nations arts and crafts.

Summer Program Highlights:

  • Feature Exhibition
  • Interpretive Tours – Daily
  • Moose Hide Tanning Demos throughout July
  • Live Art Program
  • National Aboriginal Day Celebration: June 21

Binet House Interpretive Centre

Mayo


Hours: May 20th - September 19th, 10am – 6pm daily
Location: 304 2nd Avenue, corner of 2nd Ave & Centre Street
Contact: (867) 996–2926 | mayo@northwestel.net
Website: villageofmayo.ca
Operated by the Village of Mayo, the centre houses a collection of historical photographs, artifacts, hand crafted art, crafts and traditional clothing of the Nacho Nyäk Dun First Nation. Our extensive interpretive information also includes a geology display, with sections on permafrost, bedrock geology, glacial history, hard rock and placer mining as well as a 3D map of the region.

The Binet House has visitor information services and a small gift shop that features local arts and crafts.

John Tizya Centre

Old Crow


Hours: Monday to Friday Year Round, 9am - 4:30pm
Location: Across from Sarah Abel Chitze Administration Building
Contact: (867) 966-3261 ext 269 | info@vgfn.net
Website: oldcrow.ca
Our award winning centre features interpretive displays of the Vuntut Gwitchin culture and rich oral history, an exhibit on the Porcupine Caribou herd, and images of the beautiful landscape surrounding our community of Old Crow.

Our multi-use facility also provides educational opportunities for visitors and community members with the capacity for multimedia presentations and workshops. Interpretive & walking tours are available throughout the summer months, so come visit us and learn about the Vuntut Gwitchin – “People of the Lakes”. Our community welcomes you.

Summer Program Highlights:

  • 6 Featured Exhibition
  • Interpretive Tours – Daily
  • Educational Programming

Big Jonathan House

Pelly Crossing


Hours: Mid-May to Mid-September, 9am – 7pm daily
Location: Next to Selkirk Grocery Store
Contact: (867) 537-3150
The Heritage Center at Pelly Crossing is housed in a replica of Fort Selkirk’s Big Jonathan House. The Centre has a permanent exhibition of works by local artists, as well as locally made beaded clothing, birch bark baskets, traditional baby bunting bag, tools and more.

A model of a fish trap and a fish rack illustrate the catching, drying and smoking of the summer fish catch for winter use. Watch the Fort Selkirk: Voices of the People video to learn more about this interesting region and our people.

Summer Program Highlights:

  • Featured Exhibition
  • Live Art Program

Teslin Tlingit Heritage Centre

Teslin


Hours: June 1 – Sept 1, 9am – 5pm daily
Gift store open year-round
Location: 3km west of Teslin on the Alaska Highway
Contact: (867) 390-2532 ext 332
Website: ttc-teslin.com/heritage-centre.html
Opened in 2001, the Teslin Tlingit Heritage Centre, is an architectural award winning building, located in a spectacular setting on Teslin Lake with a clear view of Tle’nax T’Awei (Lone Sheep Mountain). Upon arrival, you will be greeted by five traditional Clan poles carved by local artists. The poles represent our five clans and symbolize the elements of land, water and air.

Enjoy exhibits that highlight the rich heritage and culture of the Tlingit people. Next to the lake you will fine a canoe shed, a traditional fish camp and kitchen cache that are used throughout the year for open-air programming. Visit our gallery and gift shop for authentic Tlingit art, crafts and gifts.

Summer Program Highlights:

  • Exhibition, Gallery & Gift Shop
  • Fresh Bannock & Coffee – Daily
  • Guided Tours & Gallery Tours
  • Audio/Visual presentations
  • Canoe Shed – Long Boat Display
  • Moose Hide Tanning Demonstrations
  • Octopus Bag and/or Sewing Demonstration
  • Outfitters Camp and Demonstrations

George Johnston Museum

Teslin


Photo: Government of Yukon
Hours: June 1st – September 1st, 9am – 5pm daily
Location: Mile 804 Alaska Highway 1 km west of the Nisutlin Bay Bridge on Alaska Highway
Contact: (867) 390-2550 | Tip.Evans@ttc-teslin.com
Website: gjmusuem.yk.net
Our museum is the home of the largest Tlingit artifact collection in the Yukon and is named after George Johnson, a legendary trapper, photographer and entrepreneur who brought the first car to Teslin, a 1928 Chevrolet that is on display. With his camera, Johnston captured the life of the inland Tlingit people of Teslin and Atlin, B.C., between 1910 and 1940.

Displays feature historic photographs, relics, beadwork, clothing, and crafts that reflect the traditional culture and lifestyles such as hunting, fishing, trading, everyday life and ceremonial events.

Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre

Whitehorse


Hours: Summer: Mon - Fri, 9am - 5pm / Sat & Sun, 10am - 4pm
Winter: Mon - Fri, 9am - 5pm
Location: 1171 Front Street Whitehorse
Contact: (867) 456-5322
Website: kdcc.ca
Situated on the banks of the Yukon River in downtown Whitehorse, the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre is a place to celebrate the heritage and contemporary way of life of the Kwanlin Dün people, and is a gathering place for people of all cultures.

As the Kwanlin Dün ancestors did for thousands of years, we welcome visitors from near and afar to gather in our cultural home and share their stories and experiences. Our unique venue hosts a variety of events and gatherings, and brings together many different organizations and individuals.

Summer Program Highlights:

  • Guided Tours
  • Feature Exhibition
  • Adäka Cultural Festival: June 26 – July 2, 2015 (Presented by Yukon First Nations Culture & Tourism Ass.)
  • National Aboriginal Day Celebration: June 21
Check out or website for up-to-date program information.