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About MacBride Museum

Queen Elizabeth at MacBride Museum

MacBride Museum illustrates the Yukon’s history, with a focus on the role of Whitehorse in the development of the Territory. MacBride Museum is a non-profit society with charitable status. We rely on the financial support of individuals and corporations to put forth a rich variety of programs and exhibits, and to care for our community's valued collections.


MacBride is a dynamic museum, dedicated to promoting the value, understanding and enjoyment of Yukon history.


MacBride Museum will be a community place for Yukoners to share the stories of the Yukon and Whitehorse. MacBride will be a place to illustrate our history and provide opportunities for everyone to learn and create new experiences.

MacBride Museum History

In 1950, a group of far-sighted Yukoners dedicated to the preservation of heritage started the Yukon Historical Society, the first organization of its kind in the Territory. Co-founder William MacBride was an employee of the White Pass & Yukon Route Company, and was able to salvage outdated transportation equipment for posterity.

The Yukon Historical Society soon acquired the unoccupied Government Telegraph Office, built in 1900 and still located on its original site. In the 1960s this building housed the growing collection, and was open to the public as a museum during the summer. Volunteers were responsible for all the activities of the YHS and later the MacBride Museum Society until the mid-1980s when the first curator/director was hired.

Who was W.D. MacBride?

W.D. (Bill) MacBride was born into a Montana railroad family on January 29, 1888. Orphaned as a baby, he was raised by relatives Nellie and Frank Miles. MacBride graduated... (Find out more)

MacBride is Expanding!

Construction is underway on the new 15,000 sq. foot expansion which will house brand new Yukon exhibits and stories coming in 2018. Stay-tuned for updates.

MacBride Museum’s Board of Directors and Staff

Board of Directors

  • Rick Nielsen - Chair
  • Jo-Ann Waugh - Vice Chair
  • Serge Lamarche - Treasurer
  • Doug Bell - Director
  • Jennifer Grandy - Director
  • Con Lattin - Director
  • Richard Lawrence - Director
  • Faye Cable - Director
  • Kells Boland - Director


  • Patricia Cunning - Executive Director
  • Angela Drainville - Manager of Programs and Development
  • Colleen Dirmeitis - Collection Manager
  • Jessica Tofflemire- Collection Technician
  • Robyn Burnett - Front of House Manager

MacBride Museum Facts

Most Visited Exhibits
In 2015, MacBride Museum welcomed more than 23,300 visitors. Plus thousands more see our exhibits at the Canada Games Centre, the Softball Centre, and the Hougen Heritage Gallery in Whitehorse, and at the Skookum Jim House in Carcross.

Yukon’s Favourite Museum
MacBride Museum was voted Yukon’s Best Museum in a Yukon: North of Ordinary magazine Reader’s Poll

Collection of
30,000+ pieces

MacBride Museum cares for more than 30,000 significant photographs, documents and objects.

60 years of preserving and presenting Yukon’s history
MacBride Museum first opened its doors in 1952.

MacBride was Yukon’s first museum
MacBride Museum was founded by the Yukon Historical Society and named for W.D. MacBride, a man who fell in love with the stories of Yukon’s history.



MacBride Museum of Yukon History
1124 Front St. Whitehorse,
Yukon Canada Y1A 1A4
Phone: (867) 667-2709
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Winter Hours
September 1st until May 14th
Tuesday to Saturday
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
MacBride Museum is a non-profit society with charitable status. Your tax-deductible contributions help us collect, preserve and exhibit Yukon's history.