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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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Ranked #4 of 32 attractions in Banff
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Art Museums, History Museums, Museums, Libraries
Description: Where people are imaginatively engaged in the excitement of exploring the Canadian Rockies - art, culture, and history.
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Drumheller
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

Let me say right off the bat, this is a very good museum and gallery - for the price. Admission is by donation and they suggest five bucks, which I would say is a pretty good deal. If they charged in the fifteen to twenty dollar range that many museums do, I probably wouldn't be giving a very good review.... More

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Ne12 9nt
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

We had a spare hour when in Banff so we visited this museum. There was an excellent photography exhibition going on, which we very much enjoyed. We only had a short time to see the rest of the exhibits but were impressed by the good layout and interesting information - it is a shame we did not have more time... More

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Cape Breton
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

Very interesting gallery, and the displays about Banff are insightful. Staff were very nice. Nice gift shop with local art and books.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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28 reviews 28 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

The Museum is a must see while you're in Banff. The history of the area is excellent. It's a nice self-guided tour with full descriptions as you go. I loved seeing the old helicopter and the history of heli-skiing. The Museum shop also is great - I have a beautiful souvenir that I purchased. Highly recommend it.

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Halifax
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79 reviews 79 reviews
13 attraction reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014 via mobile

We stopped by this morning and really enjoyed our visit. There is some interesting art on display from around the world as well as some local art . I especially enjoyed learning something about the early settlers of Banff. A bonus for us was a free tour of two historic homes kitty corner to the Museum .One was the residence... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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181 reviews 181 reviews
45 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

There's history and art in abundance here and the museum is well designed and presented. We found the historic exhibits about the early settlers and the native peoples, and the interaction between the two, most interesting and thought-provoking. It's well worth an hour or two whilst in Banff.

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Edmonton, AB
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22 reviews 22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

The current exhibit features images from The Photographers of Scotia Waterous going into a fundraiser photo book, and the images were globally sourced, and well executed. Also, local photog Sarah Fuller had many large prints on display of her acquaintances in Banff, showing off the locals in their environment. Also there is a permanent historical display with some nice to... More

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Clovenfords
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8 reviews 8 reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

Great museum. Well worth a visit. I learned a lot about the history of the Rockies, and of the development of the skiing industry in Canada. One of the best museums I have ever been to....... And I've been to a lot!

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Banff, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

Terrific place that takes in the history of the area as well as well curated exhibitions on a regular basis. Worth a visit, better yet take on a membership and help them out.

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San Diego, California
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67 reviews 67 reviews
25 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

If you are interested at all about the town of Banff and the surrounding area, then go to the Whyte museum. The displays are informative and interesting.

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