Galleries and Museums
LAKE LOUISE GALLERIES AND MUSEUMSIf you’re staying in Lake Louise and have museums on your mind, then you may be a little disappointed. There are however a number of exceptional art galleries within the Lake Louise area. And your museum fix can be had a short drive away in the town of Banff.
Northern Art ImpressionsSamson Mall
Home to an array of Inuit art works, this well laid out gallery also carries earthenware vessels, totem poles, and a selection of ammolite jewelry.
The Art of Man GalleryFairmont Chateau Lake Louise
A unique collection of Native American art can be found within this elegant gallery, featuring large-scale stone and bronze sculptures, acrylic and oil paintings and watercolours.
Images of the NorthFairmont Chateau Lake Louise
One of a kind wall art, Inuit sculptures and jewellery, Alberta ammolite and rare fossils offer unique ways to make the Rockies your own.
Alternatively, if you are prepared to travel an hour or so, there are a number of diverse and varied museums in neighbouring Banff.
Canadian Ski Museum WestThe Canadian Ski Museum West is a free exhibit that explores Banff’s ski heritage and Canada’s great skiers. Memorabilia from Olympic skiers who have trained on local slopes is displayed as well as displays of Swiss mountain guides, the evolution of equipment, and historic backcountry ski lodges.
Whyte Museum of the Canadian RockiesFounded in 1968, the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies celebrates and promotes Banff's important artistic history by offering exhibits exploring the history and culture of this rugged region. The facility is comprised of four galleries, a collection of heritage homes, a library and archives. Guided tours are available.
Buffalo Nations Luxton MuseumDedicated to the traditions and values of the First Nations people of North America and their trading partners, the Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum depicts how the people of this land lived and adapted to their surroundings and each other. Displays range from costumes and quillwork to hunting equipment.
Banff Park Museum National Historic SiteWestern Canada's oldest natural history museum is not your typical museum. Their collection of specimens, established in 1895, reflects the approach taken by naturalists of an earlier era. This elegantly styled Banff landmark has been an enchanting way to discover Banff’s mammals, birds and insects since 1903.