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.

Current Exhibition

The Collectors’ Cosmos: The Meakins–McClaran Print Collection

Date: January 28 – May 15, 2023
Description: A glimpse into the making of what became one of the foremost private collections of European prints in Canada, the core of this collection comprises a wealth of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Dutch and Flemish prints depicting seasons or months of the year, times of the day, planets, elements, animalia and more. These works enrich our understanding of the role played by prints in Early Modern Europe, illustrating humanity’s quest to make sense of the world and find order in chaos. This touring version of The Collectors’ Cosmos, organized by the National Gallery of Canada, includes works by Rembrandt, Hendrick Goltzius and Jacob van Ruisdael.

Upcoming Special Exhibition

Manabu Ikeda: Flowers from the Wreckage

Date: June 24 – October 9, 2023
Description: Manabu Ikeda seeks inspiration from his surroundings to bring attention and awe to viewers, as a way of sending warnings about the painful reality of environmental disasters. Central to his practice are metaphors of human grief and undeniable aspects of life that are often beyond society’s control, including the fundamental forces of Mother Nature. The artist’s emotional engagement with the impact of natural and human-caused disasters led him to produce Rebirth, his most significant work to date. This large-scale drawing depicts a collision of humankind, nature, and an environmental disaster, while emphasizing an ensuing regeneration. This is Ikeda’s first major solo exhibition in North America featuring over fifty works from national and international public, private and corporate collections.

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 11 AM - 6 PM 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
January 19 11 AM - 4 PM
January 26 11 AM - 5 PM
January 27 11 AM - 5 PM

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.

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.

*Hours of operation and admission prices subject to change.

First header image art credit: works by Bill Reid and Rebecca Belmore. Second header image art credit: Xwalacktun. Art information: He-yay meymuy (Big Flood), 2014 - 2015, aluminum with LED lights, Audain Art Museum Collection, purchased with funds from the Audain Foundation.

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