Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Banff

(4/5 based on 380+ 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 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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TripAdvisor
  • This museum has lots of interesting displays about the history of the area. The main feature is the gallery though where you can find excellent art exhibits any time of the year. Come back often. Ther...  more »
  • We spent an hour wandering around the museum. The staff was friendly and we were glad we stopped here. The museum isn't huge but just the right size for a short visit. 
  • We had a day trip to Banff and it was absolutely miserable. It was snowing which was nice, but windy and cloudy, so just yuck! We had planned on doing the gondola, but as the conditions didn't favour ...  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.