Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Banff

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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 National Park 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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  • August 12, 2017
    Elegant constructed museum with two main galleries, one for local art and photography, and one for pioneer artifacts and native culture. I especially liked the old photo prints depicting the virgin st...  more »
  • August 10, 2017
    The permanent art collection was very interesting, and the exhibits of the early history of the area was fascinating. The exhibits are beautifully arranged and the flow through the rooms is natural an...  more »
  • August 10, 2017
    My wife and I are museum "freaks", in that we enjoy frequenting them. We found that there was much to see and learn from this place. By all means take the various docent tours to get a fuller and more...  more »
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  • April 5, 2017
    A good find. information museum with lots of relevant information about Banff. But what blew me away was the edgy art exhibition that happened to be there the day we visited. Kudos Whyte Museum!
  • March 19, 2017
    Wonderful museum. Showcases many aspects of the park- fossils, railway, wildlife, cars, mountaineering, etc. Happy we finally made it! Perfect activity to do on a rainy day.
  • June 11, 2017
    A great place to visit and learn about the local history of Banff and area.
  • March 15, 2017
    Amazing local history of Banff and area. Wish I would have visited this place years ago!
  • November 27, 2016
    Had a great time at Whyte, lots of pictures of the history of the Rockies and Banff area. Good amount of mountaineering photos and history. A must do for anyone who spends a lot of time hiking and mountain climbing in the area.

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