MacBride Museum of Yukon History

Your Yukon adventure starts here! From gold rush fever to the birth of our capital city, MacBride Museum offers a comprehensive view of the colourful characters and groundbreaking events that shaped Canada’s Yukon. Come face-to-face with a seven-foot grizzly in our Wild World Gallery, and share an interactive experience for the whole family in the Kids Discovery Zone. Discover the truth behind the Robert Service legend at Sam McGee's Cabin and learn about Engine 51, the locomotive that built the WP & YR railway, in our outdoor courtyards.

Look for our Gold to Government Gallery, which chronicles the people and events that built Canada’s Yukon. We also offer guided tours, costumes, a first-class gift shop, and a chance to try your hand at one of the territory's oldest professions - gold panning.


Ball & Chain

Locking metal manacle connected to a steel ball, eight inches in diameter by a chain fifteen links long

A restraint device consisting of a heavy metal ball, chain and cuff, which when fastened to the ankle of a prisoner, hampered mobility. Ball and chain restraints, leg irons, and other such devices were used by the North West Mounted Police to shackle the legs of prisoners arrested for serious crimes or those deemed as escape risks. The weight of the ball created enough of a hindrance to the speed of a convict that it discouraged prisoners from fleeing.

Police presence in the Territory ensured there was little crime in the Yukon. In fact, most crime in the Klondike during Gold Rush dealt with petty theft or public drunkenness. The North West Mounted Police fully enforced the law and punishments were strictly enforced. The police routinely imposed two to seven years confinement for theft, or two to six months on the woodpile for vagrancy. There were only a few murders in the Yukon and all of these cases were solved. Most were caught because the Yukon had few ways in or out of the Territory and few men had the skills to survive off the harsh land.

1124 Front Street
Whitehorse, YT Y1A 1A4

Summer Hours: May 14 to August 31, Daily : 9:30am-5pm
Winter Hours: September to May, Tues– Sat 10am-4pm or by appointment

(867) 667-2709
(867) 633-6607