Gateway to the Rockies


Ongoing - Heritage Gallery

THE STORY: The men and women who explore, inquire and adventure in the Canadian Rocky Mountains are tough, resilient, curious and intelligent… all are shaped by their moments here and all are shaping the culture of this place.

Our exciting new exhibition, Gateway to the Rockies communicates the history of these mountains, using artifacts, artworks, archival photographs, recordings and documents, This fun, interactive exhibition will bring alive the men and women who shaped the culture of the Canadian Rockies. The Bell helicopter "flying" out of the wall is pretty cool too!

Gateway to the Rockies was made possible in part by generous donations from the following organizations:

Alberta Community Spirit Program

Alberta Land Surveyors' Association

Alberta Museums Association
Bank of Montreal
Parks Canada
The Eleanor Luxton Historical Foundation

Indigenous Ingenuity


June 15 to October 19, 2014
Main Gallery

Opening Reception Sunday, June 15, 1 to 4 PM
In conjunction with Back to Banff Day

"Indigenous Ingenuity" highlights the immense depth, diversity and richness of contemporary Canadian native art and juxtaposes the work with historic artifacts from the Whyte Museum collections to highlight materials, techniques and motifs used by Indigenous peoples.

Well known artists in the exhibition are members of the Indian Group of Seven, including Daphne Odjig, Norval Morrisseau CM, Jackson Beardy, Eddy Cobiness, Carl Ray, Joseph Sanchez and Alex Janvier, who is considered the pioneer of contemporary aboriginal art in Canada. Others who have or continue to contribute substantially to the art world are Carl Beam, Kent Monkman, George Littlechild, Jane Ash Poitras, Jeffrey Thomas and David Garneau to mention a few. Painting, sculpture, installations, audio visual and performance encompass and enchant this eclectic view.

A portion of the exhibition will honour the late Joane Cardinal-Schubert (1942-2009). Cardinal-Schubert’s artistic practice addressed political and social injustices yet her works are lyrical invocations of native culture. A painter, installation artist, writer, curator, poet, lecturer, mentor and director of video and native theatre, Cardinal-Schubert is recognized nationally and internationally for her artistic achievements and advancement of indigenous art in Canada.

Heart of the Himalaya: Photographs by Pat & Baiba Morrow


October 24, 2014 to January 25, 2015
Main Gallery

Opening Reception Friday, October 24
Museum Members at 6 PM, General Opening at 7 PM

Passionate advocates for wilderness preservation and mountain cultures, Pat and Baiba Morrow have enjoyed a career and lifestyle that defines adventure journalism.

Pat and Baiba Morrow have earned respect and admiration around the world for not only their work but as compassionate individuals. Together they have created an enduring legacy. Over the past 35 years Pat and Baiba Morrow have spent an accumulated time of over 1000 days trekking and climbing in the Himalaya from Pakistan to Bhutan, India to Tibet. The Morrows are mountain people. They enjoy climbing, exploring, sleeping beneath majestic ramparts under a blanket of stars and learning from the ancient tribes who have carved out a life in the mountains’ harsh shadows. Their love for indigenous cultures and the mountain world propels them on explorations in the physical, cultural and spiritual realm. The work produced by Pat and Baiba over their lifetime covers every area of the world. This exhibition features the alluring spirit of the people of the Himalaya.

Theories of Entanglement: The Art of Dan Hudson


October 24, 2014 to January 25, 2015
Main Gallery

Opening Reception Friday, October 24
Museum Members at 6 PM, General Opening at 7 PM

Theories of Entanglement: the Art of Dan Hudson demonstrates the artist’s intelligent and innovative handling of multiple mediums. Time lapse videos, lenticular photography, mixed media constructions and paintings are the ingredients of this diverse exhibition.

A mid-career artist, Hudson has maintained an active studio for thirty years. For many of those years his art practice was financially supported by his career as a photo journalist; a vocation that has garnered more than sixty international cover shots, thousands of photos in world-wide publications. Photography assignments involving extreme mountain sports took Hudson to some of the wildest places on the planet. These experiences, along with a lifelong relationship with nature through wilderness adventures, have helped to shape Hudson’s world view and as a consequence his approach to artistic subject matter. The technical skills Hudson learned as a professional photographer can also be detected crossing over into his art projects.

Patriotism, Field Comforts and a Canvas City: Remembering the First World War


October 24, 2014 to January 25, 2015
Main Gallery

Opening Reception Friday, October 24
Museum Members at 6 PM, General Opening at 7 PM

Featuring the Whyte Museum’s archival, art and heritage collections, this exhibit commemorates the First World War, 1914-1918, through the personal experiences of Bow Valley residents who served overseas and those who remained on the home front including “enemy aliens” imprisoned in Canada’s First National internment operations. On display will be the personal effects of many Banff boys who answered the “call of King and Country.” War medals, military records, letters and diaries will be exhibited, including Sid Unwin’s 1917 First World War diary.