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Who are we?

The Western Development Museum (WDM) is the largest human history museum in Saskatchewan with a collection of over 75,000 artifacts. The WDM tells the Saskatchewan story from the beginning of settlement to present day. Each location showcases a different story of Saskatchewan history - transportation in Moose Jaw, farm and rural life in North Battleford, 1910 Boomtown in Saskatoon and the stories of immigrants to the province in Yorkton.


Where are we? 

Our four museum locations can be visited in Moose Jaw, North Battleford, Saskatoon, and Yorkton. Our Curatorial Centre is located in Saskatoon, SK.


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In honour of Canada150, the WDM has created its own Canada 150 Guide. Ten artifacts or exhibits have been selected at each WDM location that are considered as Saskatchewan contributions to Canada, as something that is recognized as iconic Saskatchewan or as something closely associated to our province. 

These artifacts or exhibits will be recognizeable with Canada 150 #SaskInspired signs. Visitors to the Museum will receive an insert along with their gallery guide. When you see one of the Canada 150 signs in the gallery, you can refer to the insert to learn more about this significant Saskatchewan artifact, exhibit or story.

Save the 1158!
WDM North Battleford Fundraising Campaign Announced

Locomotive 1158 stands at the WDM North Battleford Heritage Farm and Village as a larger than life reminder of the past. The railway, powered by steam locomotives, reduced the massive geography of Canada, bringing millions of people to new homes in the early 20th century. The locomotive was truly the vehicle of the machinery of immigration.
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60 years of rain, sun and wind have been hard on the 1158 locomotive. It will take a lot of work to restore it, but you can help the WDM bring back
the shine of its running days. $200,000 is needed for preservation and cosmetic restoration of the engine.
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