Department of Tourism and Culture

About the Department

Museums Unit


Museums Unit

Museum Resources 

Yukon museums, interpretive centres and First Nations cultural centres perform a vital service in preserving our cultural artifacts, traditions and natural history. Yukon Government values the contributions of these organizations and works in partnership with them to set planning priorities, provide resources to empower them, and support the successful development and operation of these institutions.

What we do

The Museums Unit provides a variety of services in support of Yukon’s collective heritage.

We do this by:

  • Administering funding programs for capital and operational support. 
  • Advising on management and operational best practices.
  • Providing technical and hands-on assistance as well as training opportunities to organizations, staff and independent contractors. 
  • Overseeing the management and operation of the Yukon Beringia Interpretive Centre. 

 Update from the Standards Working Group

The Museum Standards Working Group is made up of representatives from the Yukon museum community. The group was formed to develop standards for Yukon museums which receive funding and support services from the Museums Unit, Department of Tourism and Culture, Yukon Government.

An infographic was created and posted on the Museums Unit website in May 2014 to inform Yukon's museum community of the work and role of the working group. It provides a visual representation of both the benefits of standards and the standards development process.

The group met on June 17th in Whitehorse and using the process outlined in the infographic, determined the objectives for standards development in Yukon. Additionally, the group decided to compose an overarching goal statement that would clearly and concisely articulate the objectives.

Prior to the meeting, members examined standards used in other jurisdictions to provide direction for the standards development process in Yukon. Rather than reinvent the wheel, the group aimed to modify existing standards to make them work in a Yukon context. After much discussion the group determined the areas of museological function to be subject to standardization.

Next Steps
The next steps in the process will be to compose the goal statement, share the proposed objectives and standards with the community, develop more detailed standards and prepare for the roundtable discussion in October. The Museum Standards Working Group aims to engage our community and communicate our decisions to ensure the standards development process is inclusive and transparent.

Objectives and Proposed Standards
To review the objectives and proposed standards developed by the Museum Standards Working Group, as well as links to the established standards from other jurisdictions, please visit the Standards section of the Museum Resources page.

Call for Volunteers
The Museum Standards Working Group is looking for volunteers particularly representatives from First Nation heritage/cultural centres to join the group. Two members are no longer able to participate and the broadest representation of our community serves everyone’s interest.

Comments and Feedback
Any comments and/or feedback regarding the standards development process or the proposed standards are welcome and appreciated. Please contact Brian Groves at 867-667-3660 or to offer your input.

Remember to take a look at our calendar for upcoming training opportunities, funding deadlines, conferences and special events. 


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Contact Museums Unit

Manager, Museums Unit
Phone: 1-867-667-3660
Toll free (In Yukon): 1-800-661-0408 ext. 3660
Fax: 1-867-393-6456

Office Location 
100 Hanson St
Whitehorse, Yukon

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 2703 (L-1)
Whitehorse, Yukon
Y1A 2C6