The Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies 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 and exhibitions.

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OCTOBER 11, 2019 —
JANUARY 26, 2020
Spanning the early 1900s to the present day, Unbridled celebrates the horse by combining historic photographs, archival material and heritage artifacts from the Whyte Museum collections along with historic and contemporary art borrowed from private and public lenders. Included are early photographs of outfitting and guiding, advertisements, beautifully beaded Indigenous tack and emotionally moving paintings aside equines in action.

Contemporary and historical art weave a tale of the horse through various genres and interpretations. The role of the horse may have evolved over the years but it remains our constant companion worthy of our enduring
high esteem and admiration.
Image: Pascale Ouellet, Bad Hair Day, 2019, oil on canvas, 36" x 36", collection of the artist


OCTOBER 11, 2019 —
JANUARY 26, 2020

Peter Whyte, Catharine Robb Whyte and Their Contemporaries

Portions of the Whyte Museum’s 50th anniversary exhibition Artistry Revealed: Peter Whyte, Catharine Robb Whyte and Their Contemporaries will be on view in the Rummel Room. The exhibition received rave reviews during the summer of 2019 while at the Audain Art Museum in Whistler and during its 2018 premier here.
Image: Richard Jack (1866 – 1952), Lake O’Hara,1930, oil on canvas, 20.5 x 30.5cm, JkR.02.01


Gateway to the Rockies shares Canadian Rockies history through art, artifacts and archives and library materials.
A new section, Hobnails, Beads and Pearls addresses how women from diverse cultures and backgrounds encountered and explored our Rocky Mountain landscape.
This gallery also has information on Indigenous Peoples, surveying, guiding and outfitting, travel, tourism and more!



50 Years of Collecting

As well as being talented artists, Peter Whyte and Catharine Robb Whyte combined their resources to create this gem of a museum. The land came from the Whyte family and the money from the Robb family. Peter and Catharine painted, purchased, or donated the paintings contained within this exhibition, and some of the artists exhibited here became mentors, friends or confidants.
The Founders' Gallery features rotating exhibitions that celebrate the vision and creativity of the Whyte Museum's founders, Peter Whyte and Catharine Robb Whyte.
Image: Peter Whyte, Bear Street Alley, Banff, 1933, oil on canvas, 27.5 x 35 cm, WyP.01.052


Stephen Kennedy

AUGUST 19, 2019 —
JANUARY 26, 2020
Our 19th guest curator Stephen (Steve) Kennedy is an avid art collector and aficionado of the Whyte Museum. He has selected a few black and white prints from the collection including this stunning image by Walter J. Phillips.  
A Few of My Favourites exhibitions provide a unique opportunity for Whyte Museum enthusiasts to select a few of their favourite works from our collection and have them displayed.
Image: Walter J. Phillips, R.C.A. (1884 – 1963, Canadian), Rushing River, Lake of the Woods,1931, Woodcut on paper,13.8 x 17.2, PhW.04.28

Upcoming Exhibitions


Danny Singer

JANUARY 31, 2020 —
APRIL 12, 2020
Friday, January 31, 2020 , 7 PM, Free
Danny Singer spent many of his early years visiting friends and their families in small prairie towns. The main streets of small towns in Alberta and Saskatchewan appealed to his sensibilities and ultimately became the source and content of his photography.
Image: Danny Singer, Ceylon, S.K., Summer Storm,
2016, digital pigment print, UV Laminate, 40" x 78.5"


Projecting Illusions

JANUARY 31, 2020 —
APRIL 12, 2020
Friday, January 31, 2020 , 7 PM, Free
The magic lantern show is a direct ancestor of today’s media culture. Lantern slides were fed through an early form projector, throwing an enlarged image onto a surface for public viewing. Developed in the 17th century, the first lantern slides were hand painted glass; through the 19th century lantern slides were produced through printing and photographic processes to create a positive transparency, and by the early 20th century lantern slides were created , bought, traded and used globally. Projecting Illusions reinterprets the spectacle of the magic lantern show offering stunning visuals from the archives. Projecting Illusions highlights the social history of lantern slides, underlining the practice of collecting and displaying slides in the Canadian Rockies.
Image: [Early Climbers on Glacier], [ca.1900 – ca.1920],
Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Mary Schäffer fonds (V527/II/A/PS/1/276)
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