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About Us

WitsendGirls2It was the chance for a weekend get-a-way spot that spurred Florence Petersen and four friends to purchase a small cabin at Alta Lake, in the mid 50s.  At the time the valley was a quaint summer fishing resort with only a handful of year-round residents.  In the years following, the valley would transform from its humble beginnings into the internationally renowned four-season resort we know today.  With so much change taking place in the 70s, early pioneer Myrtle Philip and Cypress Lodge owner, Dick Fairhurst confessed to Florence a worry that the early days would soon be forgotten.  Florence eased their fears by promising them that she would somehow ensure that their stories would be remembered and true to her word in 1986, after retiring from school-teaching, Florence kept her promise by starting the Whistler Museum and Archives as a charitable non-profit society.  Over twenty years later Whistler has grown beyond the early trail-blazers’ wildest dreams and the Museum is proud to continue to collect, preserve, and tell the stories of mountain life and the people who live it.



Membership

By becoming a member of the Whistler Museum and Archives, you are supporting heritage in your community.  Your support will allow us to continue to offer the community fantastic services such as exhibit development, educational programming as well as continuing to preserve and protect the Museum’s artifacts.  As a member, not only will you be more involved with your community, but you will also receive a number of benefits. 

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    Listen the Museum's founder, Florence Petersen, talk about starting the museum.

    Mission

    To collect, preserve, document and interpret the natural and human history of mountain life – with an emphasis on Whistler – and to provide a forum in which to present an innovative range of exhibitions and education programs to enrich the lives of residents and guests.

    Vision

    Our (Whistler) Museum will be a leading centre for the collection, preservation, documentation, interpretation and celebration of Whistler’s mountain life.

    Board of Directors 2015/16

    • President - John Hetherington
    • Vice-President – Colin Pitt-Taylor
    • Treasurer – Roger Lundie
    • Trustee – Penny Eder
    • Trustee – Dave Kirk
    • Trustee - Jim Cook
    • Trustee - Andrew Ross
    • Trustee - Mary Murray
    • Trustee - Jinny Ladner
    • Municipal Representative – Steve Anderson 

    Staff

    • Executive Director and Curator - Bradley Nichols
    • Events and Community Manager - Jeff Slack
    • Collections Manager - Alyssa Bruijns

    Organization Documents: 

    2014 Annual Report (Available upon request)

    Museum Master Plan (2008)

    Whistler Museum Open House

    February 6th, 2017
    To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the incorporation of the Whistler Museum & Archives Society we will be hosting an...Click here to read more detail about 'Whistler Museum Open House'

    Kids Après: Family Day

    February 6th, 2017
    Kids Après at the museum is back for Family Day this year!  Come by February 11 - 13 and 17 - 20 from 3 - 6pm ...Click here to read more detail about 'Kids Après: Family Day'

    Speaker Series: Manufacturing in the Mountains

    February 6th, 2017
    Our next Speaker Series event will take place Thursday, February 23.  We'll be welcoming Chris Prior to talk about th...Click here to read more detail about 'Speaker Series: Manufacturing in the Mountains'