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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 1950s.  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 1970s, 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.  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 and educational programming, as well as continuing to preserve and protect the Museum’s archives and artefacts.  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 2018/19

    • President - John Hetherington
    • Vice-President – Colin Pitt-Taylor
    • Treasurer – Roger Lundie
    • Trustee – Dave Kirk
    • Trustee - Jim Cook
    • Trustee - Andrew Ross
    • Trustee - Mary Murray
    • Trustee - Jinny Ladner
    • Trustee - Kathy Macalister
    • Municipal Representative – Cathy Jewett

    Staff

    • Executive Director and Curator - Bradley Nichols
    • Collections Manager - Alyssa Bruijns
    • Events & Community Manager - Allyn Pringle
    • Discover Nature Coordinator- Kristina Swerhun

    Organization Documents: 

    2019 Annual Report (Available upon request)

    Museum Master Plan (2008)

    Feeding the Spirit 2019

    November 5th, 2019
    Free food, great prizes and free admission 5:30 - 7:30 pm on Friday, November 8!Come on down to the Whistler Museum for th...Click here to read more detail about 'Feeding the Spirit 2019'

    November Hour Changes

    November 5th, 2019
    The Whistler Museum will open late at noon on Monday, November 11.  The museum will also close early at 5pm on Thursd...Click here to read more detail about 'November Hour Changes'

    October 2019 Closures

    October 20th, 2019
    The Whistler Museum will be closed for the remaining Tuesdays in October, October 22 & October 29.  We will also ...Click here to read more detail about 'October 2019 Closures'