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.
Visiting the Armouries
The Prince of Wales Armouries and the City of Edmonton Archives have put some adjustments in place for the health and safety of our staff and visitors. 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 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 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
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
Health and Safety Measures
Please respect all directional signage
The facility will be open 8:30am-4:30pm Monday-Friday with a late-night option on Wednesdays until 8pm.
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).
Mon - Fri
Sat - Sun
10440 108 Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta
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.
The City of Edmonton Archives has small exhibits on the concourse of POWA and in the Archives (second floor).
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.
Exterior of the Prince of Wales Armouries ca. 1915 [EA-29-166]
Military Drill ca. 1930 [EA-29-168]
Memorial Services – King George V. January 27, 1936 [EA-160-458]
Capital City Kennel Club annual show at the Prince of Wales Armouries. March 29, 1948 [EA-600-945a]
Construction of the archives inside the Prince of Wales Armouries, “a building within a building.” ca. 1991 [EA-746-29]