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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 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.

Alternate Parking Map

WDM Saskatoon Parking Lot Project Update:
August 30, 2018

The parking lot and front entrance is inaccessible effective August 30 due to the parking lot construction.

Please proceed on Lorne Avenue to the temporary entrance and parking area SOUTH of the regular entrance on Lorne Ave. and follow the signs.

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

We apologize for any inconvenience this causes.

WDM Saskatoon Parking Lot Project Update: August 14, 2018

Hamm Construction is on-site working to install a new water main from Lorne Avenue through the grounds to the Museum. This work needs to be done before the excavation of the main parking lot can begin.

Expect the closure of Lorne Avenue from Jasper Avenue to Exhibition Grounds Road August 21 - 24 for water main connection work. The closure is subject to change due to weather and unforeseen circumstances. Access to the Museum from the south will not be affected.

Parking Lot Construction


WDM Saskatoon Announces
Major Infrastructure Project

Infrastructure repairs of approximately $2.3 million are being undertaken at the WDM Saskatoon. ASL Paving Ltd. and Catterall and Wright are overseeing the construction. Construction will begin the week of July 16, 2018 and is expected to conclude by October 31, 2018.

The project includes complete excavation of the parking area to install storm sewers and weeping tile to drain water away from the site; redeveloping the front entrance along with installing concrete curbs and lighting to improve accessibility and visitor safety, installing a new water line and re-paving the expanded parking lot area.

Read full Media Release (PDF)


WDM Moose Jaw Announces Sponsorship Agreement with K+S Potash Canada

Return of the 101

On June 17, the WDM Moose Jaw welcomed the 'little train' back and announced its new title sponsor, K+S Potash Canada!

Thanks to K+S Potash Canada, the WDM Moose Jaw completed the rebuild of the ¼ mile track, ensuring the safety of passengers and crew. The Museum will also be creating an education program to train certified operators and crew volunteers, and will offer free day passes to families staying at the Dr. F.H. Wigmore Regional Hospital.

The WDM would like to thank K+S Potash Canada for their support. This project would not have been possible without the generous support CP Rail, Cypress Paving Ltd., Teamsters Canada Rail Conference, Thunder Creek Model Railroad Club, Vintage Aircraft Restorers, Saskatchewan Lego Users Group, SaskTel Pioneers and many other local supporters.

Thank you to Ironhorse Railroad Contractors for all the work that went into rebuilding the ¼ mile track.

Media Release - June 17, 2018  (PDF)

Keep checking for updates on the ride schedule for the K+S Potash Canada Short Line 101!


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

 The first phase of the restoration work, completed in 2017, involved an intensive cleaning of the exterior surface of the engine. For the next phase, in late May 2018, experts will use a technique called media blasting to remove rust and grime. The finalDonate Now Button phase is the painting of the locomotive. When complete, the 1158 will once again sit proudly on the tracks.

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