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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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


JANUARY 17, 2021
Breathe. is a collection of traditionally crafted masks demonstrating resiliency through the 21st century. Co-created by Métis artists, Nathalie Bertin and Lisa Shepherd, artists were invited to create masks which reflect emotions felt during the current COVID-19 global pandemic. Realizing the entire world was being affected by the pandemic, they expanded their call to any artist that would like to create a mask that reflects their culture and art practice.
Included with each mask is a story by the maker reflecting the variety of emotions currently being felt around the world. From fear, sadness, hope, and love, these stories are unique and beautiful. This exhibition will inspire and challenge visitors to consider their own resilience in the face of a pandemic.
Mask: Towanna Miller-Johnson (Kahnawake, Q.C.), Corona Covid (detail), 2020, Photographer: Nathalie Bertin, 38 x 15 x 17.8 c.m., No. 20-006
Read more about the masks in the digital exhibition:


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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