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Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies

111 Bear St, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1A3, Canada
+1 403-762-2291
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Time-machine yourself back into history

Time-machine yourself back into history. This extensive museum has something for everyone: the... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Informative way to spend a few hours

Mom travelled here to visit while we skid - it was a good way to learn about the culture and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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The Whyte Museum inspires discovery and wonder where people and the Rocky Mountains meet. The Museum's founders, Peter and Catharine Whyte, were local artists and philanthropists who wished to offer a place where people could gather and appreciate the culture and beauty of the area. Explore the culture shaped by this mountain landscape through our exhibitions, events, heritage homes, archives, library and museum shop. Our programming is made possible through generous support from you - the Museum's Members, donors and sponsors.
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111 Bear St, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1A3, Canada
+1 403-762-2291
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Time-machine yourself back into history. This extensive museum has something for everyone: the first nations, explorers, adventurers, women pioneers, and too much to digest for just one visit. Children will love this place. Adults too. In fact, the entire family will enjoy. In the downstairs,...More

Thank MarJan6861
Reviewed 1 week ago

Mom travelled here to visit while we skid - it was a good way to learn about the culture and history of this area.

Thank poolpt
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Carefully curated museum and gallery with interesting local artefacts and stories . We spent an hour or so looking round - A good way to understand the cultural back story of the Rockies.

Thank 442leonieg
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The museum is a little weak and not worth the $10 fee, but what was even more disappointing was our experience with the personnel in the archives area. We were searching for some information on one of the founding artists and they were very unhelpful,...More

Thank Shannon H
Whyte_Museum, Marketing & Communications at Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

I am very sorry that you did not have a positive experience on your recent visit. I would be happy to find the information about Peter Whyte and/or Catharine Robb Whyte that you are looking for. Please contact me directly at pmarks@whyte.org

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There's a lot of historical information in this small museum about Banff life in the 19th and early 20th centuries. It's a great place for non-locals, such as myself, who are not familiar with that aspect of the area. We took a guided tour of...More

Thank CBW47
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Came in after a hike nearby. The service desk was pleasant and it was a nice way to unwind and learn a bit more history about the place. Wish it was larger!

Thank VeraBo33
Reviewed 13 August 2017 via mobile

Elegant constructed museum with two main galleries, one for local art and photography, and one for pioneer artifacts and native culture. I especially liked the old photo prints depicting the virgin state of the Rockies and man's earliest efforts to put Banff and the Rockies...More

Thank northernneckinn
Reviewed 10 August 2017

The permanent art collection was very interesting, and the exhibits of the early history of the area was fascinating. The exhibits are beautifully arranged and the flow through the rooms is natural and engaging. The gift shop was a real treat as well, with a...More

1  Thank AprilLovesToTravel
Reviewed 10 August 2017

My wife and I are museum "freaks", in that we enjoy frequenting them. We found that there was much to see and learn from this place. By all means take the various docent tours to get a fuller and more broader picture of the growth...More

1  Thank Ed N
Reviewed 10 August 2017

This museum is full of history of the early settlers and frontier explorers. Makes you appreciate what they went through to settle in the Canadian Rockies...Very well done.

Thank 831jeannej
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10 April 2017|
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Response from Whyte_Museum | Property representative |
Thank you for the question. I agree with the reviewers, we are not a particularly large Museum, so an hour or two will give you time appreciate a lot of what we have on display. Certainly though, more time can be spent... More