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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.



WDM Saskatoon Parking Lot Construction Complete

The WDM Saskatoon is thrilled to announce the completion of the parking lot construction.

 Saskatoon staff cut ribbon to open new parking lot

Announced in July, this project consisted of a complete excavation of the parking area and the installation of storm sewers and weeping tile to drain water away from the site; a redeveloped front entrance with concrete curbs and lighting improving accessibility and visitor safety, and a new water line and re-paved expanded parking lot area.

The WDM would like to thank Hamm Construction, ASL Paving Ltd., Diversified Electric, and project managers Catterall and Wright for the work that went in to completing the massive project on time. While several items remain to be finished, the parking lot is now open for public use.

This project could not have been completed without the support of the Province of Saskatchewan, the City of Saskatoon’s Cultural Capital Grant Program, the Community Initiatives Fund’s Community Places and Spaces Program, and numerous private donations. We thank all our generous supporters. Without you this project would not have been completed.


 K+S Potash Canada Short Line 101
Finished for the Season

Return of the 101

After a successful season, the 'little train' has been tucked away for the winter.

The WDM would like to thank K+S Potash Canada for their generous support. Thank you to the public for supporting the K+S Potash Canada Short Line 101.

Thank you to WDM staff and volunteers for keeping the 'little train' chugging along all season.

Stay tuned for the 2019 ride schedule for the K+S Potash Canada Short Line 101!


Save the 1158!
WDM North Battleford Fundraising Campaign - Update October 2018

1158 Locomotive before paintThe external restoration work has been progressing for 2 seasons as time and money permit. Throughout September, significant progress was made as the locomotive was prepared for media blasting and priming /painting. Many hours where spent in wrapping and taping all bearing surfaces to protect them during this process. Under many layers of rust debris and paint, a remarkably well-preserved engine appeared. Mechanically, 1158 is in very good condition for its age (built in 1913).


1158 paintedThe finish coat of black has been applied. Next will be the detail paint work on the rods, driver tires, cab windows, and the name Canadian Northern on the tender. Look for 1158 to emerge from the tent next spring.

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