The WDM holds over 75,000 artifacts along with over 100,000 archival, photographic, and library materials in trust for the people of Saskatchewan. From pins to locomotives to a grain elevator, the WDM’s collections touch on all aspects of life in Saskatchewan.
Early collecting at the WDM focused on agricultural settlement. Today, the WDM has one of the largest farm machinery collections in Canada. The collection is strong in pre-1950 steam engines, tractors and field machinery of all kinds.
With people scattered over vast regions, from northern forests to southern prairies, getting around Saskatchewan was not always easy. The WDM transportation collection of canoes and boats, buggies and wagons, locomotives and rolling stock, cars and trucks, sleighs and snowplanes, gliders and airplanes, shows how Saskatchewan people met that challenge.
The WDM also collects everyday objects that provide a glimpse of what life was like past and present. From household tools to things made from scratch to popular culture and entertainment items. From clothing to household furnishings, from communication and business equipment to sports gear and crafts, the WDM collection contains thousands of artifacts related to living, working and playing in Saskatchewan.
The Museum has even collected original buildings – a Saskatchewan Wheat Pool grain elevator, two farmhouses, a barn, a railway station and five churches are all a part of the WDM’s collection.