The Prince of Wales Armouries is home to the City of Edmonton Archives and everyone is welcome to visit the public spaces of the 100 year old building for free.
We are excited to reopen the Prince of Wales Armouries and the City of Edmonton Archives but things may look different from your previous visits. We have put some adjustments in place for the health and safety of our staff and visitors. These adjustments are designed to comply with public health orders and guidelines. Please call in advance to make an appointment for your visit to the Archives. The appointment will have a specific time for you to enter the building to help with physical distancing and allow us time to pull the materials you want to view. Plan your visit accordingly.
Before You Visit
Please do not visit the Archives:
if you have travelled within the last 14 days
if you have been in contact with anyone sick with COVID-19 within the last 14 days
if you are exhibiting any COVID-19 symptoms. These include: fever, cough, shortness of breath, runny nose, sore throat, and/or others listed on Alberta Health Services website.
Appointments are available by phone only and will be for a three-hour window (morning or afternoon). All visitors must book an appointment which will have a specific time for your entry into the Archives. To book an appointment, please call 780-496-5989.
Once the appointment is made an archivist will contact you to arrange which material you wish to view.
We will be capping daily attendance at six per three-hour session to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone.
At the Archives
Reception sign-in has been reduced and there are no forms to fill out. You can contact the Archives by phone or email in advance to arrange retrieval of the materials required
There will be one-way access on separate paths for entry and exit
There will be no tours or programs offered for the rest of 2020
Water fountains will not be available
All restrooms will be open and cleaned regularly
Increased hand sanitizer stations will be available, including at the entrance, exit, and in the reference room
Please follow all Alberta Health Services guidelines for physical distancing
Health and Safety Measures
Some walkways inside the Archives will only be open for one-way traffic to allow for mandatory physical distancing
Please respect all directional signage
All staff and visitors are expected to follow provincial public health guidelines
The facility will be open 8:30am-4:30pm Monday-Friday with a late-night option on Wednesdays until 8:00pm.
The last timed entry will be 1:30pm.
Please note that appointments must be booked in advance. Appointments will be available at 10 minute intervals and you will enter the Prince of Wales Armouries / Archives at the specific time of your appointment. We will be capping Archives capacity at six per session (12 visitors per day).
No. At this time, appointments must be made in advance. Appointments will be available at 10 minute intervals and you will enter the Prince of Wales Armouries / Archives during the specific time window on your ticket. To purchase tickets, please visit MoveLearnPlay.
We ask that you please arrive during the window of time you selected for your appointment slot. We will be closely monitoring capacity to ensure everyone has a safe and comfortable visit. We only have limited space available.
In order to accommodate many people who have been waiting weeks to get access to documents in the Archives we will be initially limiting visits to three hours. If you need longer, or another visit, speak with an archivist to see if there is another appointment available.
Yes, we will ensure hand sanitizer is available at several locations and within the reference room, including at the entrance and exit. We also encourage you to bring your own sanitizer and to wash your hands often with soap and water.
Completed in 1915, the Edmonton Drill Hall was a military training site for the Department of National Defence until 1977. Over the years it was home to several regiments, including the Loyal Edmonton Regiment, as well as a number of corps including signal men and medical personnel.
Ownership of the Prince of Wales Armouries (as it was re-named in 1921) was transferred to the City of Edmonton in 1982 and it hosted a variety of organizations and community groups like the Cadets and the Edmonton Food Bank. After much consideration of its future, the City began renovations to create a new home for the City of Edmonton Archives inside the old drill hall.
Exterior of the Prince of Wales Armouries ca. 1915 [EA-29-166]
Military Drill ca. 1930 [EA-29-168]
Memorial Services – King George V. January 27, 1936 [EA-160-458]
Capital City Kennel Club annual show at the Prince of Wales Armouries. March 29, 1948 [EA-600-945a]
Construction of the archives inside the Prince of Wales Armouries, “a building within a building.” ca. 1991 [EA-746-29]