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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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Excellent museum!

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

Reviewed 3 days ago
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Calgary, Canada
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Calgary, Canada
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205 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

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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11 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago

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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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
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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Truckee, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Hubby & I wandered in here & really enjoyed our visit. It's a small museum that one can get through in an hour or two, but there's lots to see & especially a lot of art & displays related to the Canadian Rockies. I liked sitting in a helicopter & old car & watching a video/hearing the sounds of native... More 

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Houston, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This neat little museum helped us understand the history of Banff and surrounds and famous people critical to its popularity and development. It's a neat thing to bring kids under 8.

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

We are so glad that you and your children enjoyed your visit! The Whyte Museum is always striving to add more elements into our exhibitions that are intriguing to children. More 

Ottawa, Canada
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30 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 March 2017 via mobile

We visited this small museum in March. It was very quiet. We enjoyed most of the exhibits - especially the old heli-ski exhibit. The museum also had an art gallery. One of the exhibits was quite dark and showed the dark side of Canadian history. It was educational although probably not recommended for children. The museum is a good way... More 

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Saskatchewan
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131 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2017 via mobile

We have been here a few times and most exhibits are great. However the one titled O Canada ( I'm sorry) Was horrible . If you have kids it may be offensive so I wouldn't take them through it I usually look at exhibits with an open mind but this one is messed up Which is what I am sure... More 

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

Our sincere apologies that you did not enjoy your visit. The artist, Diana Thorneycroft intends for her exhibition "O Canada (I'm sorry)" to provoke conversation around Canadian identity, culture and history. We recognize the exhibition may be seen as disturbing. Thank you very much for sharing your thoughts, we take all feedback into consideration when planning future exhibitions. More 

Medicine Hat, Canada
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14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
Reviewed 17 March 2017

Thought provoking, the art exhibits were great. It was a look into the past of the early explorers into the Rockies.

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