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On Back to Banff Day, in 1978, one of the Whyte Museum’s founders, Catharine Robb Whyte shared the following thought about the Museum. “We want it always to be a friendly and pleasant place where everyone is welcome - Banff residents and visitors from all over the world. We especially hope that young people will learn from the history of their past and appreciate the beauty around them.” With this in mind, effective immediately and through to September 2013, visitors to the Whyte Museum will be admitted by donation, in place of Museum admission fees.
Through the change to admission by donation, the Museum aims to become more accessible, increase visitation and ensure that the widest possible audience is able to enjoy the art, culture and history of Banff and the Canadian Rockies. The summer of 2013 will be a trial period for admission by donation, with the intention of continuing the policy indefinitely.
The Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies is supported by The Peter and Catharine Whyte Foundation, a registered charitable organization, but the Museum also relies heavily on government grants, membership fees and donations from foundations, organizations, corporations, businesses and individuals. Such support enables the creation of exhibitions and educational programs, growth of the Museum’s permanent art collection, archives and library, and preservation of the Museum’s artifacts and historic homes. In this way, the Whyte Museum continues to ensure Banff’s cultural history is preserved for generations to come.