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. Use our Banff National Park route builder app to add Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies and other attractions to your Banff National Park vacation plans.
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  • Full of interesting artifacts and information about the Rockies. Nice place to visit. I would recommend spending an hour there as you will see it all in that time.  more »
  • The Whyte Museum does an amazing job of relating the history of Banff National Park and Canadian mountaineering. These permanent exhibits are a combination of historical artifacts, story boards and in...  more »
  • This museum has a lot of art from the Whyte family along with some interesting information on the history of the area.  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.

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