December 12, 2013 - Sea Monster in Saskatchewan (PDF)
The Western Development Museum in Yorkton, in partnership with the Royal
Saskatchewan Museum, is very excited to open a new exhibit entitled “Omācīw
- Hunter of the Prairie Sea”.
The exhibit features the skeleton of a ten meter long Tylosaurus, discovered along the south shores of Lake Diefenbaker in 1994. The Tylosaurus is nicknamed “Omācīw” (oh-matchee-oh) which means hunter in Cree. In addition to the Tylosaurus, the exhibit introduces visitors to the marine environment that existed in what is now Saskatchewan, approximately 72 million years ago.
Omācīw was a predator in the Western Interior Seaway during the late Cretaceous Period. It was part of the group of creatures called Mosasaurs. It is another of the discoveries from the marine rocks of Saskatchewan.
This fascinating exhibit will be on display from mid-December 2013 to mid-May 2014 at the Yorkton WDM.
Thursday December 19, 2013
Yorkton, Western Development Museum
Highway 16A West
December 2, 2013 - Celebrate a Prairie Christmas in North Battleford (PDF)
The North Battleford Western Development Museum, in partnership with the
Battlefords Agency Tribal Chiefs (BATC) are pleased to host A Prairie
Christmas Family Day on December 7 and Holiday Homecoming on December 8 at
the North Battleford WDM.
Family Day is Saturday December 7 from 11: 00 am to 4:30 pm featuring crafts, storytelling, Balloon Man – Larry Goodall, sleigh rides, a concession and much more! An exciting addition is the Santa Science Special Event, where kids will learn some of the mysteries of Christmas, including how Santa gets up and down chimneys and how reindeer fly. The highlight of the day will be a visit from Jolly ‘Ol Saint Nick. Adults $9.00, Children $3.00, Families $20.00.
Holiday Homecoming takes place on Sunday, December 8 from 11:00 am to 4:30 pm with entertainment, food and friendship. Entertainment includes Dick Scotton & Marilyn McGown, Woodwind Quintet, The Borshnecks and many more! Don’t forget to purchase a ticket on the quilt raffle to win a beautiful quilt donated by local quilter Heather Hochbaum which will be drawn for at the end of the day. There will be an onsite concession throughout the day. Seniors $8.00, Families $20.00.
Join us as we celebrate the holiday season!
For more information:
Programs and Volunteer Coordinator
October 25, 2013 - “BOO” TOWN – HALLOWEEN ADVENTURE
SAFE FAMILY FUN (PDF)
October 21, 2013 WDM
CELEBRATES SASKATCHEWAN INNOVATION WEEK (PDF)
October 11, 2013 - Happy Halloween! (PDF)
October 10, 2013 - SASKATCHEWAN’S
FINEST MIDWAY (PDF)
October 7, 2013 - A New Lease on Life for a Prairie Gem (PDF)
September 23, 2013 - What Happens When We Die? (PDF)
September 20, 2013 - CULTURE DAYS 2013 (PDF)
September 17, 2013 - WDM Celebrates Culture Day (PDF)
July 23, 2013 - Animation Show at WDM (PDF)
July 22, 2013 - 58th Threshermen's Show and Seniors' Festival (PDF)
May 14, 2013 - Ride the WDM Short Line 101 (PDF)
April 25, 2013 - WDM Volunteers - We couldn't do it without them! (PDF)
The Western Development Museum has just released our statistics for the
volunteer hours that have been donated by our very dedicated volunteer core
in 2012. 60,727 hours of volunteer service were donated to the four WDM
locations in the province, Moose Jaw,
North Battleford, Saskatoon, Yorkton and the Curatorial Centre.
Volunteers are an integral work force that helps deliver programs to our visitors…everything from Vintage aircraft restoration, quilting, telegraphing, rope making, tour guides, and steam tractor operators to Xmas crafts. These dedicated folks bring the Museum to life with their energy, years of experience and stories.
Our volunteers range in age from 16 to 91 years of age, Hats off to their incredible commitment to the WDM, helping make us a living and vibrant Museum!
For further information contact:
Director of Marketing
(306) 934 - 1400
MEDIA RELEASE — FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE THURSDAY, APRIL 11, 2013
The Western Development Museum and the Mendel Art Gallery present Love
an exhibition by contemporary Canadian artist Kim Adams
Saskatoon — The Western Development Museum and the Mendel Art Gallery are delighted to announce a collaborative exhibition, Kim Adams: Love Birds, opening to the public Friday, April 12 at the Western Development Museum. The exhibition of the dynamic, two-part contemporary sculpture continues until September 2.
BMO Financial Group announced the gift of the sculpture to the Mendel Art Gallery Monday, April 8, at a reception in Saskatoon celebrating the company’s annual meeting in the city. The gift represents a significant contribution to the Mendel’s collection of contemporary art. The artwork, valued at $175,000, increases the total value of the Mendel’s permanent collection to $35.7 million.
“We are thrilled with the donation of this important work,” said Angela Larson, Acting Executive Director & CEO of the Mendel Art Gallery. “Kim Adams is considered one of Canada’s leading contemporary sculptors, and this is the first of his works the Mendel has had the opportunity to acquire.
“We are very proud to partner with the Western Development Museum in this exhibition,” Larson said. “This is the first time our two institutions have collaborated, and it’s such a fitting installation for the WDM, given the materials Kim Adams uses in his work.” “The Western Development Museum is truly excited about this partnership with the Mendel Art Gallery,” said Joan Champ, Executive Director of the Museum. “I think WDM visitors will be quite delighted by Kim Adams’ assemblage. It has a bit of a fun-house feel and actually juxtaposes quite well with WDM exhibits.”
“This is an opportunity to feature the work of an artist who considers later 19th- and early 20thcentury technologies in his work,” said Lisa Baldissera, Chief Curator, Mendel Art Gallery. “The context of the WDM’s dioramic displays speaks to the social conditions of objects, and Adams’ work continues the conversation through a surprising reconfiguring of materials.”
Love Birds playfully re-imagines everyday materials, like many of the items that can be found in the collection of the Western Development Museum. Adams uses farm machinery, grain silos, automobile parts, toys and model train parts to create fictional worlds and imaginary landscapes. His work examines the implications of technology, and the divide between life and art. He questions ideas of utility and mobility, and our relationship to our environment, domesticity, and the social world.
Adams was born in Edmonton in 1951. His highly original body of work in sculpture and installation has been exhibited throughout Canada and internationally since the late 1970s.
The Western Development Museum and the Mendel Art Gallery are holding a public reception to celebrate the exhibition Friday, April 19 from 7 to 9 p.m. Admission to this event is free, but regular admission to the museum applies through the duration of the exhibition.
For further information, and high-res images of the Kim Adams sculpture,
Western Development Museum
Mendel Art Gallery
April 9, 2013 - Dinosaur Spotted at the WDM! (PDF)
DINOSAUR SPOTTED AT THE WDM!
Scotty is Saskatchewan’s one and only Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton. Scotty arrives at the Moose Jaw Western Development Museum branch on April 12, at 1:30 p.m. and will be visiting for six months.
Scotty was found in the Frenchman River Valley, southeast of Eastend, in 1991. Excavation work began in 1994 and was completed in 2003, under the direction of the Royal Saskatchewan Museum in Regina. Approximately 65% of this T.rex’s skeleton
Step into Scotty’s world and see a full-sized replica of this dinosaur’s skull. It’s of average size---for a T.rex---1.33 meters (4.5 feet) long. Its mouth contains 50 teeth, the largest 30 cm. (1 foot long). The teeth were designed for grabbing, stabbing and crushing prey. The T.rex was the largest meat eating dinosaur; it ate other animals. Scotty had a small brain, 17 cm (7 inches) long, but its olfactory bulbs and tract, suitable for smelling, Were 20 cm (8 inches long). The dinosaur would sniff out rotting carcasses of other animals from far away. For this reason it is thought that T.rex was more of a scavenger than a hunter. We do not know whether this was a male or female.
Scotty’s skull was found in many pieces scattered over the discovery site. Each piece had to be excavated and cleaned. The missing pieces were reconstructed.
Scotty is on loan to the WDM from the Royal Saskatchewan Museum. Please attend the opening:
Friday, April 12, 2013
Moose Jaw Western Development Museum
50 Diefenbaker Drive
For further information please call:
Kathy Fitton, Manager
Moose Jaw WDM
March 19, 2013 - WESTERN DEVELOPMENT MUSEUM TO REOPEN MONDAYS (PDF)
Effective April 1, 2013, the Western Development Museum’s (WDM) four exhibit locations in Moose Jaw, North bruary and March.
Last spring, the WDM announced that it would close Mondays in an effort to maintain a balanced budget. This cost-savings measure, along with several other initiatives, succeeded in addressing the Museum’s budget shortfall. As of the end of this fiscal year (March 31st), the WDM will have managed to absorb costs associated with inflation and eliminate its deficit.
“Because we’ve cut our expenditures, we’re no longer facing a deficit,” said Joan Champ, the Museum’s Executive Director. “Our organization will be in the black at the end of this fiscal year.”
The WDM recently conducted a thorough analysis of the impact that the Monday closures had on its operations since last spring. The Museum concluded that, while it saved money by closing Mondays,
it probably also missed out on revenue from admissions, gift shop sales and food services. Museum management has no way of knowing whether or not visitors who would have come on Mondays
came on another day of the week instead.
“We made the decision to reopen Mondays based on the best interests of both
the WDM and its visitors – especially school children,” said Champ. “The
balance between what the Museum saved by cutting its hours of operation and
what it potentially lost in revenue is close to 50/50. In the end, we
decided that maintaining a high standard of programming and services for our
visitors is most
In the coming fiscal year (2013-2014), the WDM will continue to address its budgetary constraints through a variety of measures outlined in its new business plan. These will include cost-saving
measures, as well as several new initiatives designed to increase the Museum’s self-generated revenue.
“The Museum is grateful for the support that people continue to demonstrate by coming through our doors,” Champ said. “Every admission counts towards keeping the WDM vibrant and healthy.”
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For further information:
Joan Champ, Executive Director
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For further information:
Joan Champ, Executive Directoro
March 12, 2013 - Saskatoon WDM Recognized by National Magazine (PDF)
October 12, 2012 - 1916’s Answer for Today’s Gas Prices (PDF)