Whyte Museum

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Whyte Museum
Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies.JPG
Established 1968
Location Banff, Alberta, Canada
Type mountain museum
Website www.whyte.org/

The Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies is located in Banff, Alberta, Canada. The museum collects, preserves, exhibits, and makes available for research and education materials related to the cultural heritage of the Rocky Mountains of Canada and other mountains around the world. The museum, which contains an archive and library, was the inspiration of Banff artists Peter and Catharine Whyte.[1] The Alpine Club of Canada has dedicated the Peter and Catharine Whyte Hut on the Peyto Glacier after the couple.


The museum was opened on June 16, 1968 by the Peter and Catharine Whyte Foundation. The Archives of the Canadian Rockies was the starting point of the museum and the Banff Library was incorporated in the Whyte Museum in 1970. The exhibition space saw several expansions during the 1980s and a new facility was opened in 1993. The museum acquires and exhibits art and artifacts from the Canadian Rockies, aiming to showcase the culture and history of the Rocky Mountains of Canada. Many of Byron Harmon's photographs, pioneer photographer of the Canadian Rockies, are housed at the museum.[2]



The Museum is affiliated with: CMA, CHIN, and Virtual Museum of Canada.


  1. ^ The Canadian Encyclopedia
  2. ^ Holt, Faye Reineberg. Canada's Rocky Mountains: A History in Photographs, p. 81 (2010) ("The best known of Canada's mountain photographers")

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