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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 Project Update:
October 11, 2018

ASL Paving Ltd. Is making great progress on the parking lot.

All the deep excavation work has been completed. The new waterline is in place and a new connection to the building has been added to the project to address the leaks in the old waterline. The sewers and catch basins have been installed and ASL is working on installing the geo-textile and weeping tile. The electrical conduit is also being laid and once everything is in place the concrete curbing will be installed before the final pavement is laid.

Thanks to both ASL Paving and HAMM Construction, the project is proceeding well and will be completed before the end of the construction season this year.

WDM Saskatoon Alternate Parking/Entrance Map

The Western Development Museum - Saskatoon parking lot and front entrance are closed due to construction. Take Lorne Avenue to the temporary entrance and parking area SOUTH of the main entrance.

The Museum, Boomtown Cafe and Gift Shop are open regular hours.

We apologize for any inconvenience this causes.

Alternate Parking Map

 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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