Explores Banff’s ski heritage and Canada’s great skiers. There are displays of Swiss mountain guides, equipment evolution, historic backcountry ski lodges and alpine resort development. Memorabilia from Olympic skiers trained on local slopes is displayed. Located at Cascade Shops.
Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum
Experience a time when Native people of the Northern Plains and Canadian Rockies followed the great bison herds, hauling their tipis and equipment by travois. Displays range from costumes and quillwork to hunting equipment, dances songs and legends. Guided tours can be arranged.
Luxton Home and Garden
Built in 1905, the Luxton Home is an example of a Banff pioneer home. The residence houses numerous collections including Stoney artifacts, and household items and clothing that date back to the 1900s. Credited as being one of Banff’s first flower gardens, the grounds are surrounded by a garden that blooms throughout the summer. Regular tours of the home and garden are available throughout the summer with off-season tours requiring appointment.
Walter Phillips Gallery
The Walter Phillips Gallery at The Banff Centre is known for its Canadian and international exhibitions exploring contemporary culture. It offers lectures and demonstrations that relate to exhibitions. The gallery is located in Glyde Hall at the Banff Centre.
An exhibition space in the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Heritage Hall depicts the iconic hotel's role in local history and culture.
Banff Park Museum National Historic Site
Western Canada's oldest natural history museum presents wildlife displays of the birds and mammals found in Banff National Park. The building itself, a designated Canadian historic site, illustrates an unusual style of architecture called railroad pagoda. Open year-round.
Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies
The Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies was founded in 1968 to celebrate and promote the art, culture, history and natural environment of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. The facility comprises four galleries, a collection of heritage homes, a library and archives. Guided tours are available.
The Historic Luxton Home Museum
OPEN WEEKLY: 11am-3pm, Friday/Saturday/Sunday. Free Admission. The Luxton Home features a glimpse of Banff over many decades and showcases collections of First Nations artifacts, paintings, china, furniture and more. The Garden is also historic in an Arts and Craft Style.
Cave & Basin National Historic Site
Visitors to the Cave and Basin National Historic Site will learn about the discovery of the Cave and Basin springs, and how it led to the creation of Canada's first national park. The complex features various exhibits and interpretive boardwalk trails, and guided tours are available. Highlights include the springs themselves, the original cave opening and a replica of the 1887 bathhouse and bathing pavilion.