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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  • We were given passes to the Whyte Museum, so took it in when walking around Banff. A beautiful small modern museum which you can give justice to in 1-2 hours. The exhibits give you a real sense as to ...  more »
  • Amazing museum to gain a better understanding of How Banff became what it is today. Really cool and interactive  more »
  • There's a huge room of black and white photographs, then several other rooms all full of interesting things. Everything from a car to a helicopter, national costumes, books etc. We spent ages here and...  more »
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  • I was really surprised by the depth of the experience. It’s a lot of museum packed into not a lot of space. Definitely worth a visit if you’re in Banff for a while, or on a day trip from Calgary.
  • Not a stuff museum at all. Excellent exhibits and surprisingly relevant to all ages and styles. A tattoo and skateboard art exhibit? Tres Chic! Congrats Banff. The exhibit on Grizzly Bear research and swaths of mountain range (East Rundle, ect) were staggering in their detail and beauty. Wow. Go, you won't be disappointed!
  • Very nice collection of Rocky Mountain history and we were here during the Fringe of the Bow exhibit in the gallery, which was excellent.
  • Very good displays of Rocky Mountains history and personalities. Excellent museum store with comprehensive book selection of the region.
  • Lots of very interesting pieces of history with the added bonus of getting to see two deer right out of the front lobby window.
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