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“A true gem”

Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies
Ranked #17 of 79 things to do in Banff
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Calgary, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
162 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“A true gem”
Reviewed March 22, 2013

This lovely little museum gallery captured my heart when I first visited, and I visit it every time I go to Banff. I love the welcoming feeling of the building, and the friendly staff and the combination of heritage and art. The heritage show manages to combine a lot of history over a small space, from an old, old car to a modern rescue helicopter. The current show in the galleries is photography, not all that inspiring, but apparently it is mostly the work of high school kids who been through a photo program offered by the Whyte. It seems that the gift shop has been stocked with a lot more local product, which is a nice change after the chain stores and the tacky souvenirs on the main street.

Visited March 2013
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Ottawa, Canada
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Museum visit”
Reviewed March 13, 2013

I enjoyed the the books , art , jewellery and silk scarves in the gift shop . The hand made cards were good.
I would like to see more hand made sweaters and Indian crafts. and original toys for children. . .
The youth art was well displayed on the walls. Some of the titles were hard to read.

The section on helicopter skiing history was interesting. The videos throughout the museum were excellent.

The museum has a nice feel to it. Allow one ahd half hours to browse.
It would be nice to be able to buy coffee. and be able to sit down some where to drink it.

Visited February 2013
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Kelowna, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
29 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Excellent showcase of the Rocky Mountain history & Canadian artists!”
Reviewed March 7, 2013

I headed to this museum after reading a review on here which said entry cost was $4 but on arrival the cost was indeed $8 and I'm sure glad I still went in as this was money well spent. The museum is true to the Banff mountain style and for such a small town you will be surprised to find a lot of interesting information and great art features. The current current Exhibitions which were: Through the Lens: A Retrospective, Beyond Through the Lens, Expired Places: Bankhead, Brandy Dahrouge(Awesome!), Gateway to the Rockies, Watermedia in the Rockies. I truly enjoyed this museum and will go again to check out the upcoming exhibitions!

Visited February 2013
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Level 6 Contributor
97 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Very nice”
Reviewed February 26, 2013

history of town since it was since it was born 125 years ago, base on the build of the railroad, some thing to do if you are not skiing

Visited February 2013
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High River, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
200 reviews
65 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
“we even went back the next day”
Reviewed February 18, 2013

The current photo exhibits were awesome. Permanent exhibits were informative and historical perspective on Banff art & the Whytes worth the many visits.

Visited February 2013
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