Audain Art Museum

The Audain Art Museum is Whistler's newest cultural hot spot. Located by the Village, this iconic building houses a permanent collection of artworks from British Columbia, and hosts exhibitions from leading museums around the world.

Permanent Collection

The Museum contains a permanent collection of the art of British Columbia including an outstanding collection of nineteenth century Northwest Coast masks, one of Canada’s strongest Emily Carr collections, a selection of Vancouver’s celebrated photo-based art plus a gallery devoted to West Coast artist Edward J. Hughes.

The collection includes The Crazy Stair, a painting by Emily Carr which recently sold at auction for a record breaking $3.3 million. This price was the highest ever paid for an Emily Carr at auction, the highest for a work by a Canadian woman artist and the fourth most expensive work at an art auction in Canada.

In addition to the works from British Columbia the Museum displays up to three temporary exhibitions a year from leading museums around the world, creating an ever-changing display to delight locals and visitors alike.

Current Exhibitions

From Geisha to Diva - The Kimono of Ichimaru

Date: October 22, 2016 – January 9, 2017
Description: Opening on October 22 this exhibition provides a glimpse into the lives of women who were icons of Japanese culture through their professional practice of entertaining wealthy men in Japan. Steeped in rich traditions, personal objects on display serve as an interpretation of this occupation and include kimono and objects from Japan’s most famous Geisha, Ichimaru.

Intersections: Contemporary Artist Films

Date: October 29, 2016 – February 6, 2017
Description: Curated by Darrin Martens, Audain Art Museum’s Gail and Stephen A. Jarislowsky Chief Curator this exhibition is made up of a series of films that explore important intersecting themes of time, space, place as well as larger global social narratives related to the environment and the migration of peoples and ideas. The exhibition includes work by Matilda Aslizadeh, Patrick Bernatchez, Stan Douglas, Pascal Grandmaison and Marie-Claire Blais, Lisa Jackson, Fiona Tan and Althea Thauberger.

About the Museum

The Audain Art Museum opened in the spring of 2016. This museum, located on Blackcomb Way steps from the Village, houses a portion of the extensive art collection of Michael Audain, a home builder based in Vancouver. Designed by Patkau Architects the museum is a work of art in itself, built to nestle into the surrounding landscape.

Arts and Culture in Whistler

The Museum is a welcome addition to a flourishing arts and culture scene in Whistler which currently features institutions such as the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre, the Whistler Museum and multiple fine art galleries throughout the resort.

Arts and culture is woven into Whistler's fabric with a large population of artists living and working in the community. Visitors can enjoy our diverse collection of public art, performances and workshops throughout the year supported by Arts Whistler and multiple events celebrating the arts such as the Whistler Film Festival, The Whistler Readers and Writers Festival, The Whistler Children’s Festival and mixed sporting and cultural events like the World Ski and Snowboard Festival.

When to Visit

Weekdays Hours Weekends Hours
Monday 10 AM - 5:00 PM Saturday 10 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday Closed Sunday 10 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday 10 AM - 5:00 PM    
Thursday 10 AM - 5:00 PM    
Friday 10 AM - 5:00 PM    


Adults: $18
Youth (16 and under): Free
Members: Free

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Where is the Audain Art Museum?

The Audain Art Museum is located at 4350 Blackcomb Way Whistler. Parking is available in the day lots.

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