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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 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 2017/18

    • 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
    • Collections Manager - John Alexander
    • Events & Community Manager - Allyn Pringle
    • Discover Nature Coordinator- Kristina Swerhun

    Organization Documents: 

    2016 Annual Report (Available upon request)

    Museum Master Plan (2008)

    Naming Night at the Museum

    September 18th, 2017
    The Whistler Museum is asking for your help identifying the subjects in some of the photographs in our collections.  ...Click here to read more detail about 'Naming Night at the Museum'

    The Whistler Question: A Photographic History 1978-1985

    September 18th, 2017
    The Whistler Question: A Photographic History captures the town of Whistler during a period of transition and rapid change...Click here to read more detail about 'The Whistler Question: A Photographic History 1978-1985'

    Whistler Museum Hours

    September 8th, 2017
    The Whistler Museum will close at 4:00pm today, Friday, September 8.  We apologize for any inconvenience.  We wi...Click here to read more detail about 'Whistler Museum Hours'