915 - 10th Avenue South
Golden, BC V0A 1H0
Phone: (250) 344-2291
Fax: (250) 344-6563
Arts & Museums
Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies celebrates the arts and culture of the Rocky Mountains and Banff National Park. The Whyte's art collection reflects the evolution of visual arts in the Rockies, featuring many local artists. The history of mountain recreation, transportation and commerce, pioneering artifacts, Native Canadian materials and Japanese materials make up the museum's unique Heritage Collection. The museum shop offers a large selection of books, postcards and posters devoted to area's culture. Call ahead for more details.
This Banff museum celebrates the history and culture of the Plains Indians. Wander through the gallery and learn about their life, their contact with Europeans and their spirituality. This beautiful lakeside museum features displays of Native Canadian bead work and clothing, quill work, weapons and hunting implements, musical instruments and photographs. The life-size displays of daily life and special ceremonies are especially interesting.
The history and lore of Banff's favorite outdoor sport is celebrated in this one of a kind complex, housed in the Cascade Plaza shopping center. The museum follows the sport of skiing from its century-old origins to the present day and introduces visitors to some of the sport's most exciting personalities. Special exhibits are devoted to the development of popular Rocky Mountain ski resorts Sunshine Valley Ski Resort and Lake Louise Ski Area, while Canada's most successful ski-athletes are immortalized with individual exhibits - a little inspiration for amateur skiers. Call ahead for opening hours.
This wildlife model museum offers visitors a close glimpse of the area's spectacular and sometimes menacing wildlife and nature. Housing a taxidermy collection of Banff's indigenous animals, visitors can spy on cougars, grizzlies, brown bears, beavers and mountain goats; all set in recreations of their natural habitats. Wildlife related art, models, displays and a library of natural history are also here.
Dedicated to contemporary art, the Walter Phillips Gallery has showcased works by artists like Aïda Ruilova, Steve McQueen and Silke Otto-Knapp. There is no limit to the kind of works displayed here, as visitors will find exhibitions of painting, sculpture, textiles, multimedia and other mediums being displayed here. Located at The Banff Centre, the gallery provides all possible services to artists, from lighting and environment maintenance to insurance and security for the artworks. The video art collection maintained by the gallery is housed in the center's Paul D. Fleck Library. Several other artworks displayed throughout the Center are also maintained by this gallery. Donations are accepted.
The Canmore Museum and Geoscience Centre (CMAGS) chronicles and displays collection pertaining to the local heritage and history. Maps, artifacts and many other items make for an interesting collection. Apart from that, it also hosts events and activities on a regular basis.