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.

On Now


JANUARY 17, 2021
Artists have been drawn to western Canada for centuries. The vastness of the prairie and the magnitude of the mountain landscape has both captivated and challenged artists. Drawn to the West features the art and artifacts of these adventuresome individuals including images of hieroglyphics to present-day creations.
Image: Frederic Marlett Bell-Smith (1846 – 1923, Canadian), [Mt. Burgess and Emerald Lake], n.d., watercolour on paper, 49.2 x33 c.m., BeS.05.05


SEPTEMBER 20, 2020
Local artists Michael Cameron, Colleen Campbell, Dan Hudson, and Deborah Cameron will each exhibit new works created during their period of self-isolation. The theme considers our return to nature and highlights flora, birds, and wildlife.
Image: Deborah Cameron (Canadian), Fleurish, 2020, digital composite image


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

Upcoming Exhibitions

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E: info [at] whyte.org

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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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