Welcome to the Whyte Museum!

Explore the culture shaped by this mountain landscape through the Whyte Museum’s ExhibitionsEventsHeritage HomesArchives and Library – and Museum Shop.

The Whyte Museum inspires discovery and wonder when people and the Rocky Mountains meet. Our founders, Peter Whyte and Catharine (Robb) Whyte, were local artists and philanthropists. Peter and Catharine wished to offer a place where people could gather and appreciate the culture and beauty of the area.

In this spirit, the Whyte Museum acquires, preserves, interprets and makes accessible the history and culture of the Rocky Mountains of Canada by inspiring and cultivating the exchange of knowledge and ideas through our collections, programs and exhibitions. The Whyte Museum is a progressive and creative organization with an international reputation for excellence.

Current Exhibitions

Don’t miss our current feature exhibitions, on until April 2, including O Canada ((I’m sorry): Photographs by Diana Thorneycroft, Through the Lens: 20th Anniversary and Cowboys of the Americas: Photographs by Luis Fabini.

Diana Thorneycroft, Group of Seven Awkward Moments (Winter on the Don), digital photograph, 2007.
Diana Thorneycroft, Group of Seven Awkward Moments (Winter on the Don), digital photograph, 2007.

New Exhibitions Opening Soon…

Mark your calendars! The Opening Reception for our new exhibitions Across the Great Divide Paintings by John Hartman and Bert Riggall: I to the Hills Will Lift Mine Eyes is on Saturday, April 8. Museum Members are welcome at 6 p.m. and the public opening begins at 7 p.m.

John Hartman, The Whirlpool River and the Hooker Icefield, 2016, oil on linen, 48 x 68”, private collection
John Hartman, The Whirlpool River and the Hooker Icefield, 2016, oil on linen, 48 x 68”, private collection

What is your passion?

Whether you want to discuss our unique mountain environment, hear tales of mountain adventure or delve into stories of Canadian Rockies history, we have an event that will interest you. See our Events page.

Douglas Chadwick, wildlife biologist, writer and raconteur. Photograph by Joe Riis
Douglas Chadwick, wildlife biologist, writer and raconteur. Photograph by Joe Riis

Our programming is made possible through generous support from the Museum’s Members, donors and sponsors.

The Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies gratefully acknowledges the support of:

Alberta Foundation for the Arts