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.

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.

Exhibitions

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.

Currrent Exhibition

Wolves: The Art of Dempsey Bob

Date: April 2 – August 14, 2022
Description: This is the first-ever retrospective exhibition of this noted BC artist’s work drawn from public and private collections across Canada. Dempsey Bob’s production from the 1970s to the present is rooted in the visual as well as oral traditions of his Tahltan and Tlingit ancestors. This master carver’s oeuvre includes masks, helmets, spoons, rattles, panels and wall sculptures alongside a variety of other media such as bronze casting, gold smithing, print making and robe design. In 2021, Bob was awarded a Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts and his ability to transform wood, such as alder and cedar, into sharply featured human, animal and mythological characters that evoke an intimate knowledge of how all beings are interconnected is astounding.

Admission

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

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    

Special Hours and Holidays

Date Hours
May 21 11 AM - 5 PM
May 28 11 AM - 4 PM
June 4 11 AM - 5 PM
June 11 11 AM - 5 PM
June 17 11 AM - 5 PM
June 25 11 AM - 3 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.


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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.

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