Located in the historic Prince of Wales Armouries Heritage Centre, the City of Edmonton Archives is a public research facility housing civic government and private records of enduring significance that document Edmonton's history.
We will be reopening on June 14, 2021, by appointment only. To make an appointment, please call 780-496-5989.
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.