- By kevin
- On Apr 19, 2018
- North America
- Travel Tips
Seasons dictate the popular activities of Banff. Book the Calgary to Banff tour on the Globerouter.com, to visit museums in Banff which suit for family with kids. In the winter, skiing is king. In the summer, hiking, biking, scrambling (a mix of hiking and rock climbing) and fishing rule.
Museums in Banff which suit for family with kids:
Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies
Located just a block back from Banff Avenue on Bear Street, the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies is the only museum of its kind. Named after its patrons, Peter and Catharine Whyte – who were determined to enhance Banff's cultural life – the museum is dedicated to portraying the art and culture of the Canadian Rockies. Here, you'll get a healthy dose of art, history and local folklore. If you're a fan of landscapes, you've come to the right place; the Whyte's loved landscape paintings, both historic and contemporary.
Previous visitors said this museum offers an interesting insight into the town and development of the park and recommend a visit if you want to get a better understanding of its early settlers. However, travelers also warn that the museum is small and can take as little as 20 minutes to an hour to get through, depending on how much time you spend on each exhibit.
The Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission costs CA$10 (about $8) for adults and is free for children younger than 12. Parking is available in a small lot in front of the museum and along Bow Avenue, behind the museum.
Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum
Having opened in 1952, the Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum has dedicated more than 50 years to educating visitors about the contributions made by native people in the area. Brace yourself if you're a history buff or culture hound; there are numerous displays exhibiting domestic routines, hunting tactics and daily life of the region's inhabitants prior to their encounter with European culture, and how they continued to adapt with European influences.
Recent visitors said the museum offers a good introduction to the history of the First Nations people and offers informative displays and interesting artifacts. According to reviewers, it's relatively small and can be seen in an hour.
The Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum – tucked away on Birch Avenue just south of the Bow River – is open seven days a week throughout the year. From May to September, the museum is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; during the winter (October to April), the museum welcomes visitors from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission costs CA$10 (about $8) for adults and CA$5 (around $4) for youths between the ages of 7 and 17. Children younger than 7 can enter for free. Free parking is available at the museum, as well as a gift shop.