Yellowknife museum to unveil aurora borealis themed lighting

The museum's exterior lights will turn on at sunset based on the building's latitude.
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The Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre will unveil a new lighting system inspired by the aurora borealis Thursday.

To celebrate, the museum is hosting a night of lights, music and dessert just in time for Valentine’s Day.

The event will officially kick off at sunset Thursday (5:06pm), when the building’s new exterior light display turns on for the first time.

Following that, visitors can enjoy music from the Accidentals and eat dessert between 7:00 and 8:45pm. The Accidentals are a newly formed a cappella singing group based in Yellowknife.

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Mike Mitchell is curator of education and public programs with the GNWT’s Department of Education, Culture and Employment.

He says the new light display marks the completion of a multi-year equipment upgrade.

A 40-year-old lighting system inside the museum has also been upgraded to a museum quality, energy efficient LED system.

“Beyond the energy efficiency benefit, [LED lights] also have a less harsh spectrum for museum collection objects on display,” said Mitchell.

“In terms of the safeguarding of artifacts that belong to the people of the Northwest Territories, it’s a benefit for sure.”

Mitchell says the new lighting system was made possible because of federal funding. The museum’s hope is that the new display will heighten its presence as a “cultural destination for NWT residents and visitors.”

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