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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  • Always good to check out a little local history if you have time to spare. Great littlre local museum, spend and hour or two and learn something you didn't know about the Canadian Rockies  more »
  • This museum is quite small but has some excellent photos dating back over a century and also artefacts to view. It's great to see Banff how it used to be before development.  more »
  • We had $10 per person deposit and were very disappointed. The museum itself is very small and there is little sSannendes. Only some Indian clothing and old cars, skis etc. Also, the descriptions of things tell no exciting stories. Only be recommended if it is very, very interested in the topic. Cannot be recommended with children
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  • 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.
  • 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!

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