Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Banff

Categories: Specialty Museums, Museums
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4/5 based on 360+ reviews on the web
Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies tells the stories of the mountain town, the indigenous people of the area, and the resilient pioneers who built a life among the Canadian Rockies. The museum boasts various exhibits including photographs, films, audio recordings, maps, out-of-print publications, and newspapers dating from the early 1800s to the present day. Peter and Catharine Whyte, founders of the museum, started the collection by donating the artifacts they and their friends gathered. The museum's fine art collection features a surprising number of women artists and naturalists. Take a leaflet for a self-guided tour. Visit the cabins of notable residents at the complex, known as the heritage homes. See the photographs of a pioneer photographer of the Canadian Rockies, Byron Harmon, and sit in an old helicopter and a 1920s automobile. Take a look at our Banff trip itinerary maker to schedule your visit to Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • Well worth the visit. Like taking a step back to the 19th century curiosity museum and a reminder of how this place was before. 
  • This was the first museum we visited in Banff, excellent. Quite a variety of items, beautiful paintings, even a full size helicopter. Also a good shop for those items to remind you of a great holiday. 
  • Historic Museum. Actually, at that time a lot of things that are used in the exhibit I enjoyed just looking got. However, in some of my criteria for admission, remember, which is expensive to operate concessions, such as art galleries, level.
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  • It was a decent museum, but it seemed to centre on a couple of rich families, not a general history of the area. The art was nice. Most disappointing was the fact that this museum was not family friendly. Strollers are not allowed, so it was annoying to have to chase a toddler around with very little for him to see or do. Additionally, My 11 and 6 year old were listening to an audio description of a display and there were curse words in the recording. Ridiculous.
  • Beautiful artwork. Interesting information about Peter and Catherine Whyte. Love their work. Great things to purchase too, artwork, cards etc.
  • This museum often hosts art exhibits. We were lucky enough to see an exhibit with photographs to represent the history of Alberta. Most features have a video and/or audio component. I truly enjoyed the CP rail, helicopters, animal preservation, local news and comic sections. There were so many more. Strongly recommend going, and if you love museums this is a two to three day exhibit. If you're a bit more of a quick viewer, 2 hours should do it.
  • Small museum focusing on western/mountain heritage. Some excellent examples of Western Canadian Art.
  • An educational trip for my son
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