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Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies

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Address: 111 Bear St, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1A3, Canada
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+1 403-762-2291
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
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The Whyte Museum inspires discovery and wonder where people and the Rocky...

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.

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You could spend an hour or three hours here. Lots of great info and short movie clips. Good public loos, somewhere to put backpacks in lock ups for easy of walking around, on the... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Lorraine H
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Bedfordshire, United Kingdom
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Bedfordshire, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

You could spend an hour or three hours here. Lots of great info and short movie clips. Good public loos, somewhere to put backpacks in lock ups for easy of walking around, on the edge of town. A must go if you are there.

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Thank Lorraine H
Sorrento, Florida
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39 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A very worthwhile visit. Provided a good historical context of Banff and included how folks interacted with Natives. A Helicopter on display that was used for early Helicopter skiing was a scary machine!

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped in here during a couple of days in Banff and found it to be an excellently put together museum giving real insight into life in Banff and the Rockies. Definitely worth a visit.

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Cairns Region, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Easy to find in central Banff and a good collection of artefacts and stories. Very helpful staff, although the gift shop was very expensive and had very few "made in Canada" items for sale. You can get a 2 for 1 deal with the buffalo nation museum down the road a bit.

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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13 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great museum. Very interesting and informative permanent exhibits and the staff are very friendly and knowledgeable. If you are taking a day off skiing or just hanging out in town, make sure you visit and allow yourself at least 2 hours to wander through the exhibits. You wont be disappointed.

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Calgary, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Covers the history and culture of the region. Excellent special exhibitions. Very interesting programs. Library and archives maintained and on site.

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Whyte_Museum, Marketing & Communications at Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, responded to this review

Thank you for your review - so glad you enjoyed your visit! Our art and heritage galleries and the Museum Shop are open daily, from 10 until 5 p.m., our archives and library are open Tuesday through Friday, from 1 until 5 p.m., or by special appointment. More 

Canmore, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 April 2017

Not very interesting or well done. We have visited across the world and this is not interactive or interesting in comparison.

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Canada
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Reviewed 17 April 2017

We wandered around for about an hour. I think if we had gone without our two little kids (age 3 and 5) we might have gotten more out of it. There wasn't much for the kids to do, or rather, not much they were interested in, other than the car and helicopter. We enjoyed the paintings that were featured, and... More 

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Penhold
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 April 2017

Went there for a visit and must say we were extremely disappointed. The had an art exhibit which to say the least was shocking and inappropriate. Was not worth the admission price.

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Thank Steve B
Whyte_Museum, Marketing & Communications at Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, responded to this review

We are very sorry that you didn't enjoy your visit. We recognize that the exhibition "Oh Canada (I'm Sorry): Photographs by Diana Thorneycroft" (which ran from February 4 to April 2, 2017) may have been seen as disturbing to some visitors. The artist intends for her work to provoke thought about Canadian identity, history and culture. More 

London, United Kingdom
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54 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 April 2017

Always a pleasure to visit the Whyte Museum. You receive a lively welcome and the museum gives a fabulous snapshot of life in the Rockies over the ages.

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