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“Carvings and more”

Nunatta Sunakkutaangit Museum
Ranked #4 of 15 things to do in Iqaluit
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Whitehorse, Canada
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95 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Carvings and more”
Reviewed 9 April 2014

This museum was a surprising gem, like so many things in the North. I went to look at carvings because I heard they have good prices there. I bought two small pieces from their very, very large selection of items for sale.

Most interesting, however, were the displays, which range from contemporary photography exhibits to an impressive array of large carvings on the second floor. There are photo albums that convey an amazing sense of life in Nunavut through time. There is a display related to the residential school system and the healing that local people have been undertaking. It was powerful to realize the vibrancy of arts and culture that exists still despite the government's harsh efforts to suppress Inuit language and culture.

While the museum is quite small in size, it packs a big punch. It is well worth visiting if you have any interest in history, local art and culture.

Visited April 2014
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English first
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58 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Keeper of History”
Reviewed 9 March 2014

This museum is small, but mighty. It doesn't take long to go around it (5 minutes if you don't stop to take it all in), but it seems to be very lovingly curated by those in the not-for-profit group that run it. The best part are the photo albums upstairs; these are personal collections that must have either been donated or found, and tell the story of Iqaluit from the 1950s onward. It is an amazing opportunity to see these photos and imagine the development of this city from trading post to today. The museum is also a great place to pick up art and souvenirs. Items for sale are purchased by the museum directly from the artists - you can see these interactions happen right in the front entryway of the museum - and the only mark-up is a small one that contributes to keeping the museum running. The cost of admission is by donation only. A must-see while in Iqaluit.

Visited January 2014
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7 Thank AlysonH123
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Trenton, Canada
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73 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Very good introduction to local art and history.”
Reviewed 6 March 2014

This museum has a strong focus on local art and is a very good place to learn first hand about local artists, styles and techniques. Strongly recommended before you buy something from the local vendors. The staff are friendly, knowledgeable and willing to share their insights.

Visited March 2014
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4 Thank Eric J
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Paisley, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Great for local art”
Reviewed 16 December 2013

Great little place! The staff were friendly and informative.

It was so great to be able to buy local art knowing that the artists were not being ripped off! The museum does not make a commission, so the cost goes completely to the artist.

Visited January 2013
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6 Thank ragalee
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Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“History at it's finest”
Reviewed 5 September 2013

The Nunatta Sunakkutaangit Museum is full of local history and always has great displays of local talent. It is also one of the best places to get local carvings at the best prices in town

Visited August 2013
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9 Thank Douglas C
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