The Whistler Museum features exhibits honouring the creation and history of Whistler. It also has a special focus on the 2010 Winter Olympic Games.
The Whistler Museum and Archives
Located at 4333 Main Street in the Village North area of the resort, the Whistler Museum is a small museum found behind the Whistler Public Library. It’s also across the parking lot from the Pinnacle Hotel. The attraction contains exhibits on the history of the town including the creation of the initial Whistler Village and a tribute to the 2010 Winter Olympic Games.
Hours and Admission
The Whistler Museum is open 6 days a week, every day except Wednesdays. On regular days the museum is open from 11 am until 5 pm. The place is also open late on Thursdays from 11 am to 9 pm. (Note: Hours of operation may vary, especially during slow seasons and years with COVID-19.)
Admission to the museum is by donation. The Whistler Museum has a suggested donation of $5 but any amount is accepted and appreciated.
Permanent exhibits within the museum include ones dedicated to the history of the town of Whistler, the evolution of the ski hills and the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. Each exhibit contains a selection of historical artifacts including Rainbow Lodge which features old-school skis, furniture and clothes. There are also preserved outfits from the Olympics, an old gondola car and antique skis and snowboards.
At the museum there are also displays dedicated to some of the important people in Whistler’s history. For example, Myrtle Philip, who built the original Rainbow Lodge, and Chili Thom, a renowned local artist, are some of the folk featured at the museum.
The museum also contains several displays showcasing the biodiversity of the Whistler area. These displays include stuffed animals such as an owl, birds and a wolf as well as educational plaques describing each exhibit.
The Archives and Artefacts
The Whistler Museum contains a collection of archives and artefacts representing the history of the Whistler area. The archives contain documents, maps, films, audio and 200,000+ photographs along with objects that relate to early days and historical events. Materials in the Whistler Archives have been donated by people who live in the Sea to Sky area.
To learn more about the attraction see the Whistler Museum‘s website.
Other articles that might be of interest on this website and others include the following:
- Whistler Attractions
- Vancouver’s Top 100 Places
- Lower Mainland Places for History and Culture
- Free Activities in the Lower Mainland