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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  • We stopped in here because it was snowing and we didn't have much else to do and we are so glad that we did. The admission fee is very reasonable and the museum is very nice. There is a lot of informa...  more »
  • Not the most exciting place but worth a visit for the mass of exhibits and lots of info. Buy a joint ticket with their partner museum (Buffalo Nations Museum) to save money  more »
  • The Whyte museum had been recommended to us and it certainly didn't disappoint. Lots of interesting Artifacts & information on the history of Banff, as well as, pieces of Art. Whilst we where there, t...  more »
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  • 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!
  • 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.
  • A great place to visit and learn about the local history of Banff and area.
  • Amazing local history of Banff and area. Wish I would have visited this place years ago!
  • 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.