Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Banff

(4/5 based on 400+ 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 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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  • Great museum that has showcased the history and life in the area around Banff. Really gave us a flavor for what went into preserving the beauty of the town. You have to take the time to watch the vide...  more »
  • The Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies is a beautiful facility housing a comprehensive history of the Park and the people that created it. There is an art gallery space with modern exhibits (include...  more »
  • One of my favorite things to do while traveling is to visit museums in any given city. I was surprised by the quality and vibe of the Whyte Museum in Banff. I say surprised because it felt like a big ...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Good exhibit to go to on a foggy day. We spent 60 minutes to see everything. Gives you a good idea of the Rockies history.
  • A nice place to visit when the weather is too bad for outdoor activities. A lot of local artifacts and history. Nice and quiet environment.