From Our Collections

Through research & collection, the Whyte Museum seeks to make the human and natural history of the Canadian Rocky Mountains accessible and meaningful to all audiences. Research & collection enables the Museum to support scholarship of the Canadian Rockies.The Whyte Museum's outstanding collections include the categories below:   


Archives & Library

The Whyte Museum's Archives and Library was established in 1966 to serve the unique mountain regions of Western Canada. The Archives & Library endeavors to make its collections widely accessible and welcomes diverse audiences with varied research interests.


Art Collection 

The Whyte Museum's art collection embodies the artistic spirit and vision of our founders Peter and Catharine. Our art collection spans the early 1880's to the present day and includes regionally created and related works by Canadian and international artists.

Gloves, Drum & Necklaces

Heritage Collection

The Heritage Collection began with the vision of Peter and Catharine Whyte. The collection includes artifacts that help tell the stories of Aboriginal people, artists, immigrants, guides and outfitters, climbers, surveyors, hikers, explorers, adventurers, skiers and residents of the town and area.

Whyte Residence

Heritage Homes

The Heritage Homes form a unique and distinct part of the Whyte Museum's Heritage Collection. They are aimed at preserving significant examples of Banff's earlier architectural styles and homes associated with some of the area's more noteworthy residents.

Here on the Peaks & People blog we will share some of the stories behind the artifacts, discussing the historical significance and artistic properties of the objects. Discover the stories by clicking the links below or selecting them under Blog Topics > From Our Collections in the top right pop-out menu. 


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