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Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies

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Address: 111 Bear St, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1A3, Canada
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+1 403-762-2291
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
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The Whyte Museum inspires discovery and wonder where people and the Rocky...

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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The heart of the culture in the Canadian Rockies

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Banff, Canada
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Banff, Canada
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29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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. There is a new exhibit every couple of months in one of the 3 or so galleries inside of the museum. There is a small... More 

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Ponoka, Canada
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25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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.

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Whyte_Museum, Marketing & Communications at Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, responded to this review

Thank you for stopping by! We certainly aren't huge but with our Heritage Gallery, Art Gallery, Archives, Library and Museum Shop, we hope to have a little something for everyone. More 

Brisbane, Australia
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194 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 this, we had to change plans. We decided on the museum after being recommended by the visitor centre. It was $10 entry... More 

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Whyte_Museum, Marketing & Communications at Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, responded to this review

So glad you and the kids enjoyed yourselves! Thank you for your review. More 

Toronto, Canada
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18 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had expectations of exploring more in-depth history and early life in the Rockies/Banff area. I felt the exhibits just touched on certain elements and could have been more developed. There was certainly more space available to take this museum to a different level.

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Whyte_Museum, Marketing & Communications at Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback. We have been making some changes to our Heritage Gallery and take all comments into consideration. More 

Cochrane, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A good overview of the history of the Rockies including some of the major players. It is not large, nor is it terribly child friendly. Older children will enjoy it however. One half is a large art gallery, the other a concise and interesting look at Banff's history. You get a discount with an AMA card and children under 12... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

Our expectations of local museums are never very high due to their tight budgets, but the Whyte Museum has now changed all that. What a great place to visit! Being a land surveyor, I was very interested in their extensive display 'Surveying the Summits'. i would have liked to purchase a book on all the Museum's exhibits but there was... More 

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Whyte_Museum, Marketing & Communications at Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! Yes, our budgets are very tight and, as a not-for-profit, our programming is made possible through generous support from our visitors, Museum Members, donors and sponsors. The "Surveying the Summits" section of our "Gateway to the Rockies" exhibition was supported by the Alberta Land Surveyors Association. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016

Visiting the whyte museum wase an unexpected pleasure. It was like stepping back in time, focusing on what life was like in and around Banff during the 1800'summer and into the mid 1900'September, and focusing on Peter and Catherine Whyte, prolific artists, abd fascinating people who made Banff thier home in the early part of the 20th century. Some of... More 

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Calgary, Alberta
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016 via mobile

We received free tickets from our hotel and decided to check it out. It was very interesting showing some of the history of the area and showcasing local artists.

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Whyte_Museum, Marketing & Communications at Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, responded to this review

So glad that you enjoyed your visit! We have just added some new stories about the history of the area within our "Gateway to the Rockies" exhibition. More 

Toronto, Canada
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38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016

The museum gives an interesting view at how the early mountaineers climbed and eventually settled the area. It also catalogues the railway coming through and more modern mountaineering travellers on the rockies. Good for a day when the weather isn't so favourable.

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Columbia, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 223 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

We visited on a drizzly Tues. on 20 Sept. and parked just one block away in the free multi-story garage on Bear St. by it’s junction with Lynx. If you enjoy hiking, this museum has a lot to offer regarding the historic development of the Canadian Rockies. We enjoyed seeing how tourism and, especially, the activities of mountaineering and hiking... More 

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