The Prince of Wales Armoury remains available for tenant access. City of Edmonton Archives are closed until further notice.
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.
Note: the entrance to the Prince of Wales Armouries is locked. There is a doorbell to the left of the door to request access. The door will be opened remotely.
Please note reduced holiday hours for the Prince of Wales Armouries.
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.
Planning Your Trip
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.
Exhibits at Prince of Wales Armouries
Curated by Historian Laureate Marlena Wyman, Sketching History features lively drawings of Edmonton's architectural heritage by members of Urban Sketchers Edmonton.
The City of Edmonton Archives also has small exhibits on the concourse of POWA and in the Archives (second floor).