Audain Art Museum

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

The museum displays up to three temporary exhibitions a year, creating an ever-changing display to delight locals and visitors alike. Including both historical and contemporary art, they produce their own exhibitions and showcase art from leading art institutions around the world to complement their permanent collection.

Upcoming Special Exhibition

RESERVOIR by Rebecca Belmore

Date: November 14, 2020 – April 11, 2021 (subject to change)
Description: Over the past 30 years, Rebecca Belmore has developed a highly charged aesthetic rooted in socio-political commentary that hinges upon her Anishnabai ancestry. As an internationally renowned, multidisciplinary artist from the Lac Seul First Nation in Northwestern Ontario, she has been featured at contemporary art fairs from Havana to Athens. Currently, Belmore is in the process of developing a nighttime performance for the Audain Art Museum’s meadow as well as a rock netting installation in the Tom & Teresa Gautreau Galleries. These new works will examine the disparity between wealth and poverty in Canada with poignant references to Vancouver, Whistler and the Sea to Sky corridor. RESERVOIR by Rebecca Belmore also includes the North American premiere of Body of Water, an overturned tarped canoe rendered in aluminum that was commissioned for the 2019 Istanbul Biennale.

Permanent Collection

The Museum contains a permanent collection of nearly 200 works of art from coastal British Columbia, including an outstanding collection of nineteenth century Northwest Coast masks, one of Canada’s strongest Emily Carr collections, as well as art by notable post-war modernists such as E.J. Hughes, Gordon Smith and Jack Shadbolt.

The collection includes The Crazy Stair, a painting by Emily Carr which 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 female artist and the fourth most expensive work at an art auction in Canada.

Admission

Adult: $20
Senior: $18
Young Adult (19 to 25): $10
Youth & Children (18 and under): Free
Members: Free

Audain Extended

Book Your Bubble into Whistler’s new Audain Extended experience, a private, safe and exclusive guided tour of the Audain Art Museum outside of public opening hours. Join the Museum’s knowledgeable docents for an intimate look at the latest changes to the Permanent Collection of BC art from a unique, curatorial perspective. Up to 6 people per tour.

Weekends Only Tour Times Price
Saturday and Sunday 9 AM, 9:30 AM, 10 AM, 10:30 AM $100 + General Admission
Saturday 5:30 PM, 6 PM, 6:30 PM $100 + General Admission

When to Visit

Weekdays Hours Weekends Hours
Monday Closed Saturday 11 AM – 6 PM
Tuesday Closed Sunday 11 AM – 6 PM
Wednesday Closed
Thursday 11 AM – 6 PM    
Friday 11 AM – 6 PM    

Gift Shop

The Audain Art Museum Shop features a wide selection of handmade jewellery, pottery, wood work and homeware from British Columbia artists, as well as artist prints and collector books from the Audain's permanent collection and temporary exhibits.

Where is the Audain Art Museum?

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


View Map of Audain Art Museum

Whistler Cultural Pass

The Whistler Cultural Pass provides access to the Audain Art Museum as well as the Squamish Lil' Wat Cultural Centre at a reduced price. Save up to 20% when you purchase tickets as a dual admission pass.

Please note that the Audain Art Gallery and Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre are closed from Monday to Wednesday. Passes are not dated and can be used at any time.

Whistler Cultural Pass – $30 per person

The Whistler Cultural Pass provides access to the Audain Art Museum as well as the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre at a reduced price. Save up to 20% when you purchase tickets as a dual admission pass.

Please note that the Audain Art Museum and the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre are closed on Monday to Wednesday. Passes are not dated and can be used at any time.

*Hours of operation and admission prices subject to change.

Credit for art depicted in header image is as follows. Left: Gordon Smith, Pachino 43 (detail), 2009, acrylic and mixed media on canvas, Audain Art Museum Collection, Gift of Michael Audain and Yoshiko Karasawa. Right: Gordon Smith, Pond (detail), 1995, acrylic on canvas, Audain Art Museum Collection, Gift of Sonny and Florence Leong. Photography: Darby Magill.

Audain Art Museum Entrance

How to Get the Most from a
Visit to the Audain Art Museum

This world-class art museum in Whistler is just five minutes from ski lifts and trails – get the most from your visit to this stunning cultural venue.

Painting workshop at Audain Art Museum in Whistler

Moments of Inspiration:
A Whistler Arts Itinerary

Prepare to be surprised and delighted when you uncover our creative side, where art is woven into everyday life and you're invited to join the fun.

Whistler Lodging Deals

Winter 2020/21 - On Sale Now!
Book by December 1, 2020

Save up to 40% on lodging and packages. Book with confidence with our Flexible Cancellation Policies and Price Match Guarantee.

Photos of the Audain Art Museum