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Review of Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies

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 #11 of 33 Attractions in Banff
Type: Art Museums, History Museums, Museums, Libraries
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Owner description: Where people are imaginatively engaged in the excitement of exploring the Canadian Rockies - art, culture, and history.
Memphis, Tennessee
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“Don't miss”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Free tours twice a day that last just 30 minutes - or enjoy the exhibits at your own speed. Learned a lot about the feisty ladies and gentlemen that began the tourist invasion of Banff. Lovely gift shop too

Visited July 2014
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“Worth a visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Entry fee is a donation- interesting historical photos and artifacts- especially of the women who explored the Rockies; and displays of First Nations art. We visited because of a chamber music concert last Sunday by a master class of musicians. Lovely instrumentals and singing in a great setting.

Visited July 2014
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“A very special museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

This is a great place to get oriented to the history and culture of the Banff area. The art museum itself is fascinating with local artists, both historical and contemporary. I loved the attention to the First Nation peoples, their art and cultural conflicts and challenges, as represented in art and other artifacts. The historical section is first rate and gives a great orientation to the challenges of settling and developing the Banff community and parks.

You could save this for a rainy day but we found it was also a great place at the end of a hiking day to just cool off and relax.

Visited July 2014
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“Wonderful Exhibits and Museum Shop”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Loved this local museum. The art exhibit featured first nations artists. Really well done. Wonderful pieces and thoughtfully exhibited. Local history exhibits were fun, informative, interesting and pleasant. A video monitor mounted in a bear-proof garbage can played a video of a grizzly unsuccessfully trying to break into just such a can. Lots of growling. Shadow video of cowboy storytelling on a tent was clever and fun. Interesting topics, historic photos and information. Loved the selection of materials in the museum store, too. Well worth the visit.

Visited July 2014
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“Very interesting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

On a very wet day in banff I resorted to doing a tour of the museums and I found this one the most interesting. Only small but full of historical information about the early settlers and the men who first came and surveyed the area which I found fascinating. I was lucky enough to arrive just as a guided tour was starting so was able to tag along.

I found some of their First Nation display extremely moving.

Free admission but donations welcomed.

Visited June 2014
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