Yukon Beringia Interpretive Centre
Région touristique : Yukon
The Yukon Beringia Interpretive Centre features life-sized exhibits of animals of the last ice age, multi-media computer kiosks, and dioramas depicting the unique landscape, flora and fauna of Beringia. Highlights of the Centre are a full-size cast of the largest woolly mammoth ever recovered and a reconstruction of the 24,000 years old Bluefish Cave archaeological site.
The Centre's 18-minute documentary film “Imagine Beringia” combines breathtaking scenes of modern-day Yukon and computer animation with rare archival photos. Observe the results of scientific research work in the Old Crow region of northern Yukon – an area often referred to as “palaeontological supermarket”. Listen to the stories of North America's First People whose ancestors lived in the ancient world of Beringia. See frozen ice-age carcasses uncovered by gold-miners in the Klondike area of central Yukon – finds more valuable than gold itself.
Droits d'entrée :
Students (6 and up) $4
Children (Under 6) free
Seniors (55 and up) $5
Group Rate (8 or more) $4 per person
Family Pass $25 (valid from one year from purchase date)
Combination Pass $9 (admission to the Beringia Centre and the Yukon Transportation Museum)
Guides, chaperones free
Renseignements sur les collections
While most displays showing skeletons of the Pleistocene fauna are casts, the Centre displays some original pieces.
The most outstanding are a 10,000 year old mammoth tibia bone, a freeze dried leg of the Yukon Wild Horse (Equus lambei), dated to 26,000 years old, and some of the oldes artifacts in America - microblades and mammoth bone flakes recovered during the excavation of the Bluefish Caves. These items are dated to a time from 12 - 24,000 years ago.
Média mixtes, multimédias ou installations • Films et vidéos
Collections biologiques ou plantes et animaux
Services et activités
The Beringia Centre offers lectures, interpretation and educational programs for both the travelling public and Yukon residents. The Centre portrays the important role the Yukon had as part of the Beringian sub-continent linking present day Asia to North America. The Beringia Centre is dedicated to the presentation and preservation of the First Nations and scientific history of the vast sub-continent Beringia.
Services de recherche
The Centre is attached to the Heritage Branch, Department of Tourism, Government of Yukon. Responsible for research is the Heritage Branch, which can be reached at (867) 667-5386 or Beth.King@gov.yk.ca
Interpretive staff at the Centre will be happy to research topics as thoroughly as the Centre operation allows. Questions requiring expert advice will be directed to the appropriate authorities.
Centre d'information •
Conférence ou symposium
The Centre offers a wide variety of educational activities and programs. These range from interpretive talks and guided tours to activities for children and adults.
The atlatl is an ancient spear-throwing weapon used in the Yukon more than 4,500 years ago. The tool is also known in slightly different variations from Africa, Australia and Central America. The Centre invites the visiting public to “hunt” saiga antelopes, mammoths and bison in the outdoor part of the facility. This unique Beringian experience is environmentally friendly as wooden animal-shaped targets are used, and provides a fun and educational for people of all ages.
ARCHAEOLOGICAL DIG (Kids age 6 and up)
The Beringia Centre has numerous “dig sites” that allow kids to take part in mock digs. Remains of prehistoric animals can be found in conjunction with evidence of human presence – charcoal, spear points, arrows and stone tools. After the excavation is complete the young “scientists” discuss their find with the interpreters to reconstruct the history of their site.
The Centre's exhibition is self-guided. French and German translations of all display texts are available. The interpretive guides on site are available to interact with visitors, discuss relevant issues and give short presentations. Each guide has a degree in a Beringia-related field and among the staff English, French, German, and Spanish is spoken.
Upon request the Centre's interpreters provide guided tours in English, French, and German.
Please book tours in advance.
MULTI-MEDIA PRESENTATIONS AND MOVIES
Every 45 minutes an 18-minute documentary film called “Imagine Beringia” is shown. The film, produced solely for the Beringia Centre, recreates the sub-continent of Beringia and intertwines First Nation history and stories with scientific data about the land. CD-Rom interactive games, audio presentations, videos and the Yukon Beringia Centre web site are accessible to ad another dimension to the visit.
Programmes pour la famille
Programmes pour les écoles
: 0-4 ans (Préscolaire)
: 5-11 ans (Maternelle à 6e année)
: 12-17 ans 7e à 13e années (Québec : Secondaire 1 à CEGEP)
Information aux Visiteurs
Film et vidéo
Près des transports en commun
Activités et services pour jeunes
: Salle réservée à l'allaitement ou table à langer
Aménagement pour besoins spéciaux
: Fauteuils roulants disponibles
: Accessible aux fauteuils roulants
Services de restauration
Aire de pique-niques •
Liens touristiques locaux
The Beringia Centre can be booked for lectures, private functions, and similar events. The unique atmosphere of the various exhibit halls creates a fascinating backdrop for any type of event. Both small and large groups can be accommodated. The audio-visual equipment on site is available for these events, as are additional chairs and tables.
Publications et produits
"Beringia Research Notes" and occasional papers.
These publications can be viewed on the Centre's web site www.beringia.com .
Trousses pédagogiques •
Guides du musée •
Trousses touristiques •
T-shirts, sweatshirts ou casquettes