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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. 

Facility Reopening

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

Facility Hours 

  • The facility will be open 8:30am-4:30pm Monday-Friday.
  • 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).

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I drop in at the door?

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.

I made my appointment. Do I have to come right at the start time? Do I have to exit at a certain time?

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.

Do I have to wear a face mask?

Face masks are recommended but are not required. If you choose to wear a mask, please ensure you are following proper safety precautions when putting it on and removing it.

How frequently are you cleaning the washrooms?

All bathrooms will be cleaned and sanitized regularly at least once during each session visit in the day. Please practice good hand hygiene.

Will there be any food service available?

No. The vending machines and water fountains will not be available.

How will I navigate the facility?

Directional signage is in place, and staff will be onsite to help maintain the flow of traffic.

Will there be hand sanitizer stations around the facility?

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.

What happens if there is a COVID19 exposure while I am visiting?

In the unlikely event that this does happen, the City of Edmonton will work with Alberta Health Services to ensure all proper processes and protocols are followed.

Hours

Mon - Fri 8:30am-4:30pm
Sat - Sun Closed
Holidays Closed

Location

Map of 10440 108 Avenue
10440 108 Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta

Notifications

Parking 

While parking is free, it's also limited. Fortunately, we're only a short distance south of the Kingsway/Royal Alex LRT Station and Transit Centre.

Parking Lot Entrance

The Prince of Wales Armouries parking lot can only be accessed from west of 105 Street along 108 Avenue.

Several roads around the building are permanently closed:

  • 104 Street is closed between Kingsway Avenue and 108 Avenue
  • 105 Street is closed between 108 and 107 Avenue
  • 108 Avenue is closed between 104 and 105 Street

Entering the Building

The entrance to the Prince of Wales Armouries is locked. There is a doorbell to the right of the door to request access. The door will be opened remotely.

Exhibits

Sketching History

Rediscovering Edmonton's Architechtural Heritage through Urban Sketching

Curated by Historian Laureate Marlena Wyman, Sketching History features lively drawings of Edmonton's architectural heritage by members of Urban Sketchers Edmonton. 

November 20, 2019 to December 2020


Archives Exhibits

The City of Edmonton Archives also has small exhibits on the concourse of POWA and in the Archives (second floor).

Poster for the Sketching History Exhibit showing a sketch of the exterior of the Prince of Wales Armouries

History

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.

Organizations in the Armouries

The Prince of Wales Armouries Heritage Centre is home to the City of Edmonton Archives as well as the:

For More Information

Prince of Wales Armouries

10440 108 Avenue
Edmonton AB
T5H 3Z9

Telephone

For Facility Bookings

780-496-8355

For General Inquiries

In Edmonton: 311

Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311

Fax Facility Rentals: 780-496-8747
Email POWFacilityRentals@edmonton.ca

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