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 spent an hour, this past Sunday, at this museum. Kids admission was free and $10 each for the adults (I see it more as a donation, rather then admission) We had fun sitting in the helicopter and th...  more »
  • We were recommended to visit this museum and as we had a rainy afternoon we decided to visit and were glad we did. Very interesting and informative exhibits about the history of the area.  more »
  • Good pieces by the Whytes, although I am a bit jaded having seen a lot of art museums around the world. I prefer Catherune Robb Whyte's work. Notably her life drawings and portraits. My favorite piece...  more »
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  • Nice small museum. Have been going to Banff for 40+ years and was sorry I missed this gem. The tour guide we had was knowledgeable and I loved that it was only a 20 minute tour which left us lots of time to explore on our own.
  • If you're not looking for a huge 2-3 hours visit museum such like us, then this is the perfect one ! All the information and objects are enough and perfect to understand the Rockie's history.. We had a 25min explanation from a guide which was as well very interesting.
  • I brought my Mother here because they advertise "History of the Rocky Mountains" display. My Mum (93) loves the mtns., & can NAME most individual mtns. from near & far. There advertising does Not say there's Admission $ Fee $, so we were surprised, & Not prepared. They have very good Historical Greeting cards at very reasonable $ cost $.
  • Verizon good set of displays of indigenous life and activities from the late 1800s And an extensive collection of art with scenes from the Rockies Well worth 2+ hours.
  • Interesting collection of artefacts and stories, offering great insights to the history of the Banff and surrounding areas. Enjoyed the dedicated exhibition of the art from Peter & Catherine Whyte, recommend joining the mini tour as it offered interesting insights into the couples lives.
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