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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
Phone Number: +1 403-762-2291
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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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A very pleasant surprise and very educational

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago

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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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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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ontario, canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

Banff has an abundance of riches in the museum field: the Whyte Museum, and the Park Museum. Both are highly recommended, but only the Whyte stays open year-round. The Whyte combines museum, gallery, and archives. There is definitely enough material here to keep you engaged for a couple hours. Great objects and great displays, with enough interpretation to keep serious... More 

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

Thank you Ben - your review just made our day! So glad that you found some intriguing new titles at the Whyte Museum Shop. This month we have stocked up on books shortlisted at the Banff Mountain Film & Book Festival. More 

Lebanon, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

A mix of local history and art. Well laid-out, you'll need 1-2 hours. Use AAA card and save. Walking distance from center of town.

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Reno, Nevada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

Loved the Museum and the adjoining home of the Whytes. It was marvelous to see their collections and home. We just loved how it was presented and the docent was terrific.

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

Thank you for your review! So glad that you were able to access our Heritage Homes, which can be booked for private group tours over the winter months. More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

Informative about the Whyte family and how they ensured the area was mapped. photographed, painted and relationship maintained with the first nations. 'Average' is a harsh summary but 'very good' would be too much ... unless you have a connection. Museum was excellently laid out and gave a good insight to the local area.

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Frostburg, Maryland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

It was interesting but nothing special. The outside exhibits were the best part in my opinion. May be good filler for a bad weather day.

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