Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Banff

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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  • I was gripped by the Danny Singer exhibition. I wanted to buy a few prints of his work, but they did not sell any in the museum shop. Which I think is a shame. The story of the royal visit to Banff....  more »
  • Whyte museum is very charming with historical photographs and artifacts of the history of the area. THere was also a special exhibit on horses with some wonderful paintings and sculptures. Convenient....  more »
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  • Both the art gallery and the heritage displays were excellent. The "women of the Rockies" display was my favourite. The gift shop had a great book selection.
  • This is an interesting museum, that will give you the opportunity of enjoy and relate much more to Canada. Exhibitions are about people, culture, wildlife, history, etc. Tools, clothing, animals, housing and much more. Worthwhile visiting!

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