Whistler Museums Celebrate Art, Sports, Culture
Whistler museums feature family-friendly exhibits and activities that celebrate the city’s long and rich culture. They also provide visitors with interesting places to break from skiing or avoiding the rainy-day blues. No matter which one you choose, these Whistler museums will teach you about art and different cultures. Learn more about where to go and what to see:
Whistler Museums to Visit on Your Canada Vacation
Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre
With a focus on culture preservation, the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre celebrates the Squamish Nation and Lil’wat Nation. These cultures connect with the area’s mountains, rivers and people, striving to teach others about their culture and ancient traditions. The award-winning center welcomes guests with a song, guided tour, film and craft to take home. Visitors will also have the opportunity to dance, try on regalia and play a drum. One exhibit that ranks as a must-see is the Great Hall, home to impressive cedar carvings created by four master carvers and their apprentices. After the tour, recharge at the Thunderbird Cafe, which serves First Nations-inspired food using locally sourced ingredients.
Audain Art Museum
Another top among Whistler museums is Audain Art Museum. Showcasing more than 200 works of art, guests will take a journey through coastal British Columbia from the 18th century until present day. Permanent exhibits feature Northwest Coast First Nations masks, Emily Carr, post-war modernists as well as several British Columbia artists. The museum encompasses 14,000 square feet of exhibit space and serves as a work of art itself, as it is nestled in a “grove of Englemann and Sitka Spruce hybrids.” To add to the experience, attend a class, which includes yoga, family studio events, meet-and-greets, and summer art camps.
The Whistler Museum offers guests a fun way to learn about the city’s culture and history. Open year-round, the museum features exhibits that tell Whistler’s story, from its beginnings to the 2010 Winter Olympic games. Guests can even try on Olympic clothing and take pictures holding the iconic Olympic torch. Other exhibits include Paralympic athletes, pioneers, fishing resort developers and artists. The museum also hosts various family-friendly events throughout the year.
Fathom Stone Art Gallery
See some of the best stone art in Whistler at Fathom Stone Art Gallery. Each of the sculptures hand pick stones from the islands of British Columbia, southeast Alaska and the Canadian Rockies, and create unique treasures for guests to purchase and take home. Stone types include marble, jade, serpentine, limestone and quartz, to name a few. The gallery also hosts art classes for all ages, providing families a fun way to bond, or parents can drop the kids off and spend a little quality time together. As an added treat, make sure to see Mother’s Gems, the largest carved fine-stone art polar bears in Canada and Alaska.
Maury Young Arts Centre
Support the community’s youth and lively art scene at Maury Young Arts Centre. Located in the heart of Whistler village, guests can see the latest exhibits, sip on beers or cocktails, and listen to live music or artist talks. With a focus on artists and artisans from the Sea to Sky region, the museum strives to build an artistic community and inspire creativity. Those looking to bring a piece of Whistler home should stop by the gift shop for a souvenir. Items for sale include jewelry, paintings, prints, pottery and more.
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