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Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies
Ranked #17 of 79 things to do in Banff
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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.
Memphis, Tennessee
Level 3 Contributor
22 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Don't miss”
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
Thank Gail M
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Los Angeles, CA
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491 reviews
129 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 181 helpful votes
“Worth a visit”
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
Thank DeborahandAndy
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North Carolina
Level 6 Contributor
177 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“A very special museum”
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
Thank orth1
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Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Wonderful Exhibits and Museum Shop”
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
Thank Katie B
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Chesterfield, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
55 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Very interesting”
Reviewed June 29, 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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