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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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Cheap souvenirs are not Banff...this is!

The Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies is a beautiful facility housing a comprehensive history of the Park and the people that created it. There is an art gallery space with... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Toronto, Canada
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Toronto, Canada
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies is a beautiful facility housing a comprehensive history of the Park and the people that created it. There is an art gallery space with modern exhibits (included with admission), several heritage houses behind the main building (scheduled tours for an additional nominal fee in the summer and for a group rate year round),... More 

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Dublin, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

One of my favorite things to do while traveling is to visit museums in any given city. I was surprised by the quality and vibe of the Whyte Museum in Banff. I say surprised because it felt like a big city facility but Banff is small. As with Cave and Basin, it provides visitors with the interesting background of this... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Currently the Whyte is celebrating photography, and the three shows in the galleries could not showcase that medium better. It's hard to believe that a small museum like this can support a fantastic student photography program in the surrounding area, but it does and the images are excellent. "Oh Canada - I'm sorry" is the name of an amazing exhibition... More 

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Thank gettingandspending
Waikato Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Really enjoyable attraction that told so many great stories about the Rockies and the people of Banff. Art exhibition was enjoyable but the highlight was the displays that told the history of the Canadian Rockies, both indigenous and pioneering. Memorable highlight was the documentary about the reenactment of an early climbing expedition. those early mountaineers really did it hard! A... More 

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Thank Ann M
Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We go every year. Always a nice art collection, and historical artifacts from around Banff. Go on the Heritage Homes tours (they are out on the grounds). Nice insights into early days of Banff.

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Prince Albert, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2017

I've been honoured to be part of several events here and this place is the epicentre of Banff history. A must see!

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

Thank you! We are so glad that you enjoy your visits to the Whyte. Through exhibitions, events and much more, we just love sharing the history of Banff and the Canadian Rockies preserved in our archives, library, art and heritage collections. More 

Banff, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

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

Thanks for your review! Our main gallery will change again on February 4, as part of Exposure 2017, Alberta's Photography Festival. The photographic work of Diana Thorneycroft and Luis Fabini will be featured, alongside images by local Bow Valley students. Looking forward to seeing you and your fellow photographers in the Museum soon. More 

Ponoka, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017

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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 December 2016

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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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2016

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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Thank tomtoo
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 

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