School Programs

Sponsored by the Wim and Nancy Pauw Foundation

The Whyte Museum offers a variety of school programs for students from kindergarten through high school! All school programs are developed to complement the curriculum, including programs that align with social studies, language arts, visual arts and science.

Please see below and contact Jennifer Royal, Manager of Education

403-762-2291 ext. 326 for booking details and more information.

School programs are offered from

November to March (mornings only). 

All school programs are generously sponsored by the:

School Program Pricing

(maximum of 30 students per class)


$80 + GST per class – 60 minute programs

$100 + GST per class – 90 minute programs

$40 + GST – Admission only fee per class

(if no program is booked)

Elementary School Programs
Arty’s Adventures!

Kindergarten – 60 minutes – Social Studies
Join a young mouse on his adventures in the Canadian Rockies! As we read Arty’s story, we will also get to see and touch objects that he finds along his travels. Visit the home of Peter and Catharine Whyte, where Arty’s story takes place.

History Mystery

Grade 1 – 60 minutes – Social Studies
Discover four mystery objects from the past first through touch, then sight! Using photographs, compare what Banff was like 100 years ago with today. Discuss why museums are important to uncovering our history mystery.

Seasons of the Stoney Nakoda

Grade 2 – 90 minutes – Social Studies
Explore the importance of the bison in the Stoney Nakoda culture, and the many amazing uses of this animal. Experience the circular nature of the seasons, and discover the activities that were part of each one. Listen to a traditional Stoney Nakoda legend.
This program supported by Banff Canmore Community Foundation

World Travels

Grade 3 – 90 minutes – Social Studies
Travel around the globe with friends! Use clues to discover which country you are in – Peru, Tunisia, Ukraine, India or Japan. Compare and contrast communities from around the world to your own mountain community.

Earth Meets Sky – Elements of Art

Grades 3, 4, 5 – 90 minutes – Visual Arts - Weather Dependent. Based on Availability
What is a landscape painting? Explore landscape art while experimenting with line, shape, colour, value and texture. Create your own landscape painting out on the Museum grounds. Supplies provided. Weather dependent.

A People’s Story

Grade 4 – 90 minutes – Social Studies
This First Nations program explores the Stoney Nakoda Nation so we can better understand how the environment affects a culture’s tools, clothing and decorations. Uncover the importance of storytelling by creating your own legend based on the artifacts in the Museum.
This program supported by Banff Canmore Community Foundation

Drawing with Light!

Grade 4 – 90 minutes – Science
Offered February and March, based on availability.

Think fast! How many different types of light sources can you name? Learn how light travels and see how it can be captured to create an image. Take a look inside a darkroom and create your own sunprint.

Artifacts Speak!

Grades 4, 5, 6 – 90 minutes – Social Studies
Imagine having a conversation with an artifact. What would it tell you? Using artifacts in our Heritage Gallery as inspiration, students take part in creative writing activities and create their own stories.

Museum: CSI

Grade 6 – 90 minutes – Science
Help the museum crack the case an attempted robbery of some prized artifacts! Using clues, deduction and reasoning work to learn important information about the artifacts in question and match related motives to potential robbers.

High School Programs
Historic Banff Walk

Grades 9 to 12 – 60 or 90 minutes – Social Studies
This walking tour takes students on a journey through the town of Banff to hear the stories of the men and women who helped build and shape this town. We also visit historic buildings like the Luxton Home and learn about the return of the bison to Banff National Park in 2017.

Art Class in the Gallery

Grades 9 to 12 – Visual Arts
Bring your sketchpad and pencils – we’ve got the chairs and the inspiration! Bring your class and draw in our gallery. This program is self-guided.
Cost: $40 + GST

Archives and Library 
Vault and Reference Room Tour

Grades 10 to 12 – 60 minutes
Peek behind the scenes! Tour the vault and see where and how we store our archival records such as photographs, correspondence and films. See the Alpine Club of Canada Library and Whyte Museum Archives Library with books dating back to the Seventeenth Century. Discover early maps of Banff and the park. The Tour will also include a brief introduction to the Archives and Library Reference Room. Also available to other education related groups.   

Please contact one month in advance to discuss requirements. 

Approval of tour is subject to availability of archival staff.  

Available year-round. 

Cost: $80 + GST

More Educational Opportunities
Archival Research

Teacher developed research projects which compliment the curriculum are available through our Archives and Library. Students learn how to research assigned school projects using select archival and library materials. Teacher must discuss project in advance with the Head Archives and Library, Elizabeth Kundert-Cameron. Once approved the project is subject to the availability of Reference Room staff. 

A minimum of one month notice is required for scheduling the project. The teacher will be required to arrange specific appointments for the students once the schedule has been approved. 

10 students per visit maximum, by appointment only. 

Also available to other education related groups.

Available year-round.

No charge but donations gratefully accepted. 

Contact: Head Archives and Library, Elizabeth Kundert-Cameron


Scavenger Hunts

Scavenger Hunts can be developed for a wide age range of participants, and enables groups to have a directed exploration through the Gateway to the Rockies exhibit - including facts about history and a search for artifacts.



$40 (up to 15 participants) + GST

$80 (up to 30 participants) + GST

111 Bear Street, Banff, Alberta, T1L 1A3, Canada

T: 1 403 762 2291   

E: info [at]

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The Whyte Museum gratefully acknowledges the support of The Peter and Catharine Whyte Foundation and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts

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