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Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies

Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies

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Our Founders: Peter and Catharine

Far from the wild peaks of the Canadian Rockies, Catharine Robb and Peter Whyte met at the Boston Museum School of Fine Art in 1927. She was a Boston debutante. He was a member of one of Banff's pioneer families.  They married in 1930, and made Banff and the Canadian mountains their home. A studio was built one year later where they would live and paint the grandeur of their beloved mountains.

The Whytes often painted in the company of outstanding artists. Contemporaries Carl Rungius and Belmore Browne were influential with their ideas and use of colour. Catharine and Peter travelled extensively and continued to paint and draw through the 50s and 60s until Peter's death in 1966. Catharine then turned her concerns to the community, travel, skiing and conservation. Their interest in culture and understanding of philanthropy led to the development of the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, first opened in 1968. Catharine remained involved until her death in 1979.

Rays of light and swirling clouds often form the focus in Catharine's sketches. Peter constructed obscure mountain views with somber mystic hues of blues, browns and greens. Together, their life's work provides for us a sense of place.


Museum Member: Free!
Adult $7
Student/65+ $4
Family $16
(2 Adults, 2 Children)
Children 6 and under are free
Archives & Library are free


111 Bear Street, Banff, AB


Museum and Shop
10 - 5 PM Daily,
Closed Christmas Day & New Year’s Day

Archives and Library
Monday to Friday: 1 - 5 PM, Closed weekends and statutory holidays. Closed, December 24 - 26.

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