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“Informative museum”

Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies
Ranked #16 of 75 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.
Montreal, Canada
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54 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Informative museum”
Reviewed July 28, 2013

The museum collects, preserves and exhibits artifacts and material related to the cultural heritage of the Rocky Mountains of Canada.

Visited June 2013
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Sunderland, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
“Superb Museum, great guide.”
Reviewed July 19, 2013

We visited this museum as a result of a talk we had attended in Moraine Lake lodge telling us about Catherine and Peter Whtye. It whet our appetite to learn more. We had seen the heritage homes adjacent to the museum en route and planned to go and ask about a visit. Just as we were about to enter the museum a group of 4 people came out to go to the houses so we tagged along. The guide had a vast knowledge and seeing all the artefacts and hearing the tales about the couple we found riveting. We are National trust members in England but it was great to see a home from another country and the guide brought the objects to life. I would have liked a little bit longer in each room but understand that was not possible.
We returned to the museum after looking at both houses and the lady at the reception said an 15 minutes there was another guided tour running through the history of the Rockies. We began to look at some of the excellent paintings till it was time.
It was the same guide and she did a splendid job of taking us through some superb exhibits really bringing them to life. The tour was about half an hour but the time flew by. We then spent a further couple of hours looking at the rest of the exhibits as well as a more detailed look at the ones she had told us about. her talk really enhanced our experience. One thing we both found very poignant was the phone message from a Canadian airman in the war section. We loved the two chaps in the tent telling stories and enjoyed peeping in the drawers.
We went back to look properly at the paintings and really enjoyed the afternoon we spent there. Entry is by donation and well worth putting on your itinerary.
We had also noted their involvement with Canada Day where you could get a plate of eco friendly paints, a brush and a pot of water and paint the pavement.
Check the tour times and take advantage of them.

Visited July 2013
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Adelaide, Australia
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21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“A small, carefully curated museum of real substance”
Reviewed July 18, 2013

We almost missed this, but we would put it down as the top two or three things to do in Banff. Loved the stories of the early settlers. The museum shop was, for us, the source of our fondest Rockies mementos.

Visited May 2013
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Lawrenceville, Georgia
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42 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Afternoon at the museum”
Reviewed July 13, 2013

Wonderful history of the Banff area and its explorers. Great pictures and artifacts. Take a couple of hours to visit this site.

Visited July 2013
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Rockwall, TX
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Nice Quiet Place”
Reviewed July 11, 2013

Good way to spend a few hours very quiet. Not a large museum but it had some good local displays and we did get to tour the Whyte home.

Visited June 2013
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