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“Well worth it !”

Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies
Ranked #17 of 83 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.
Torfaen, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
207 reviews
63 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 206 helpful votes
“Well worth it !”
Reviewed May 31, 2014

Don't wait for the rain to pop in here- much more interesting than some of the very touristy , tacky shops . Helpful staff and loads of information -again a must at the beginning of a visit to Banff . Check opening days and times .

Visited May 2014
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Perth, Australia
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205 reviews
113 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“Small”
Reviewed May 30, 2014

This is a small museum in the middle of town. It has some good exhibits which were really interesting. Entry is by donation although the suggested donation is $5-00

Visited May 2014
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Washington DC
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Worth the visit”
Reviewed May 29, 2014

A family-originated collection related broadly to the Canadian Rockies, not just to the Banff area or Park. Significant attention to Mary Schaeffer Warren [1861-1939] who was important in opening up some of the most splendid locations --Maligne Lake and the subsequent falls -- in Jasper Park, We did not come across another currently maintained museum [the Banff museum is a separate case, locked in pre-WW I contents and display arrangement]. First rate book shop. Like many museums, it can make more sense when one has seen "out there," and now is informed about context and impact. Well worth the visit.

Visited May 2014
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Calgary, Canada
Level 5 Contributor
69 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“An interesting way to spend a couple of hours”
Reviewed April 26, 2014

Caught in a little April snow shower in Banff, we decided to visit the Whyte Museum to wait out the storm. Thoroughly enjoyable, the exhibits are well designed, well planned and nicely presented. Admission is pay what you like, but the suggested donation is $5 per person. For what you see and learn, $5 is very reasonable. You can use cash, a credit card, a debit card, or a text to make your donation. A presentation on the evolution of portraiture was showing and there are some fascinating pieces, including a Warhol. Many pieces were on loan from private collections and might not otherwise be viewable. The maps room and the chronology of the Rockies space was also very interesting. This museum would be especially helpful to first-time visitors to Banff. Be sure to take a few minutes to walk around the old buildings outside, including heritage homes and log cabins. The gift shop in the museum carries hand crafted items locally made, including jewelry and art prints and cards. They also have a great selection of relevant books in the store. Overall, an enjoyable way to spend a couple of hours on a snowy day.

Visited April 2014
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Drumheller, Canada
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27 reviews
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“A nice alternative on a bad weather day”
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. But this is a small museum and they don't pretend otherwise. The gallery had an interesting selection of paintings, currently showing a kind of wild weather exhibit. The museum had offerings such as an older car and an older rescue helicopter. A lot of older maps which I also liked. I wouldn't call the Whyte a must see for visitors to Banff but for five dollars it makes a nice alternative being out on a windy or rainy day for an hour or so.

Visited April 2014
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