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

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
Rummel Room

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.

A Few of My Favourites: Mayor Karen Sorensen


November 29, 2014 to March 8, 2015
The Philippe Delesalle Staircase

The Whyte Museum’s current initiative for the Philippe Delesalle Staircase invites local residents to select a few of their favourite two-dimensional works from the Museum’s collections. To create the most recent exhibition, the Whyte Museum was honoured to work with Mayor Karen Sorensen who focused her selections on images pertaining to Banff. The Mayor’s love for the town and her dedication to her constituents were apparent throughout her visit to the Whyte Museum.

Two of the artists selected, Belmore Browne and Richard Jack, were both formally trained at respected institutions while Carl Rungius and Robert McGuinness were primarily self-taught. Sorensen’s selection demonstrates a distinct understanding of those artists’ skills and their willingness to participate in community life. Local goodwill combined with breathtaking scenery assured the return and ultimate residency of all but Richard Jack.

High Adventure - Byron Harmon on the Columbia Icefield, 1924


January 31 - March 29, 2015

Opening Reception Saturday, January 31
Museum Members at 6 PM, General Opening at 7 PM

In 1924, Banff photographer Byron Harmon organized an expedition to take the first significant photographs and film-footage of the Columbia Icefield. This exhibition, which traces Harmon's route through his photographs, film, lantern and stereo-slides, originated as part of the 90th anniversary of the Art Gallery of Alberta.

Through the Lens


January 31 - March 29, 2015

Opening Reception Saturday, January 31
Museum Members at 6 PM, General Opening at 7 PM

Through the Lens is a photography program and exhibition for students from Bow Valley high schools. The program immerses students in the creative process of traditional and digital photography.

Everything Sings: Images from Here and There


January 31 - March 29, 2015

Opening Reception Saturday, January 31
Museum Members at 6 PM, General Opening at 7 PM

Everything Sings is a photographic exhibition from Karen McDiarmid's 2014 travels in Northern India and near her home in Banff. Using a variety of photographic techniques, McDiarmid collages photographic imagery into fanciful stories that balance between the familiar and strange, the corporeal and ethereal.