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 | Haa Shagóon Hídi (Our Ancestors House) | 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


Location: Historic Mile 1093 on the Alaska Highway
Contact: (867) 841–5561 | manager@kluanemuseum.ca
Website:
This 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. Their pull-through parking lot can accommodate large vehicles and RV’s. Watch for the World's Largest Gold Pan located next to the museum.

Haa Shagóon Hídi (Our Ancestors House)

Carcross


Location: Klondike Highway, Carcross
Contact: 867-821-4251 Ext.8280 | mark.doucette@ctfn.ca
Website: ctfn.ca/haa-shagoon-hidi/visit
Visit the "crossing point". When you visit the Haa Shagóon Hídi (also known as the Carcross Learning Centre) you’ll find yourself surrounded by majestic mountains, fish-full lakes, a one-of-a-kind desert, vast beaches, and abounding animal and plant life. Perfectly situated at the halfway point between Skagway and Whitehorse, the centre is the halfway point between two countries, the halfway point between two cultures, and the “crossing” point where all this diversity comes together.

The people and cultures of Carcross/Tagish are as diverse as its setting, beginning with the deeply rooted Carcross/Tagish First Nation, continuing through contact and the gold rush, and right up to the living pulse of today. In this shared communal space, they seek to honour this diversity while staying true to their cultural integrity.

You’re welcomed to their beautiful gathering place to experience authentic Yukon First Nation culture and history.

Visit, bring yourself — you’re a part of the story now.

Tagé Cho Hudän Interpretive Centre

Carmacks


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


Location: 1131 Front St across from Visitor Information Centre
Contact: (867) 993-7100 ext. 50 | cultural.centre@trondek.ca
Website: danojazho.ca
Welcome to Dänojà Zho Cultural Centre. They are the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in and they have a story to tell. Their relaxed and friendly atmosphere is perfect for learning and sharing. You’re invited to explore their history, traditions and cultural practices. Discover the story of Moosehide Village, the songs and how they 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!

Da Kų "Our House"

Haines Junction


Location: 280 Alaska Highway, Haines Junction
Contact: (867) 634-3300 | daku@cafn.ca
Website: cafn.ca/da-ku-cultural-centre
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. They are proud to share their story with you.

Enter into a grove of forest fire-killed trees. Explore land 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 the retail store for locally made First Nations arts and crafts.

Binet House Interpretive Centre

Mayo


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. Their 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


Location: Across from Sarah Abel Chitze Administration Building
Contact: (867) 966-3261 ext 269 | info@vgfn.net
Website: oldcrow.ca
This 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.

The 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 go visit and learn about the Vuntut Gwitchin – “People of the Lakes”. The community welcomes you.

Big Jonathan House

Pelly Crossing


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.

Teslin Tlingit Heritage Centre

Teslin


Location: 3km west of Teslin on the Alaska Highway
Contact: (867) 390-2532 ext 332
Website: teslintlingitheritagecentre.com
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 their 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 the gallery and gift shop for authentic Tlingit art, crafts and gifts.

George Johnston Museum

Teslin


Photo: Government of Yukon
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: gjmuseum.com
The 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


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, visitors from near and afar are welcome to gather in this cultural home and share their stories and experiences. This unique venue hosts a variety of events and gatherings, and brings together many different organizations and individuals.