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Exhibits

Take your breath away - step into the WDM Saskatoon. A visit to Boomtown lets you walk through time. Saskatchewan inspired stories unfold everywhere as you journey from 1910 to the present.

  • Wapaha Sk̄a Oyate: Living Our Culture, Sharing Our Community at Pion-Era, 1955 – 69

    Taŋyáŋ yahípi - Welcome  Together in the spirit of Reconciliation and partnership, Whitecap Dakota First Nation and the Western Development Museum (WDM) invite you to learn each of our perspectives on our shared past in our co-curated exhibit Wapaha Sk̄a Oyate: Living Our Culture, Sharing Our Community at Pion-Era, 1955...

  • Precious Metal – Agricultural Machinery Exhibit

    The WDM has one of the largest agricultural machinery collections in Canada. In this exhibit, giant gasoline tractors and steam traction engines from the 1910s rest alongside "newer" machines from the 1920s and 1930s. Harvesting equipment from the reaper to the threshing machine bear witness to the enormous amount of power...

  • Boomtown Street

    Saskatchewan boomed with economic activity from the turn of the century to 1914. Landseekers flooded the west and towns grew almost overnight. 1910 Boomtown, an indoor representation of a typical Saskatchewan town, recaptures the atmosphere and style of this bustling period. Over 30 buildings await!

    Check out a few of the Boomtown buildings
  • 100 Years of Saskatchewan History

    Celebrate A Saskatchewan Story! Check out a few highlights of this exhibit below.

    Find out more about A Saskatchewan Story
  • Transportation Gallery

    This exhibit includes a wide range of modes of transportation from horsedrawn to motorized including agricultural, commercial and private vehicles. Highlights 1938 Minneapolis Moline UDLX Comfortractor; 1960 Plymouth Fury; 1948 Chrysler Coupe; Ornithopter made by Ralph Vallevand of Elbow

    Find out more about the Transportation Gallery
  • The Cancer Bomb

    The Cancer Bomb exhibit features the original Cobalt-60 Beam Therapy Unit, also known as the cobalt bomb, and honours the inspiring story of the first successful treatment of cancer with this machine at University Hospital in Saskatoon in 1951. The WDM considers the cobalt bomb to be one of the...

    Find out more about the Cobalt-60
  • Blairmore Ring

    Originally erected in 1965 in Saskatoon’s Rotary Park, the Blairmore Ring is an homage to Saskatchewan’s potash mining history. The ring is five meters in diameter and weighs more than 28 tonnes. After spending 36 years in Rotary Park, the Ring was moved to the Saskatoon John G. Diefenbaker International...

  • Behind Racism: Challenging the Way We Think

    Behind Racism is on exhibit at the WDM Saskatoon from April 15 to June 25, 2023. This exhibition explores the mental processes that contribute to racism and discrimination. It shows how the processes that can help us think and act quickly can lead to dangerous biases against people who are...

  • Saskatchewan Views the Global Pandemic

    A Crowd-Sourced Exhibit from the Western Development Museum   This online exhibition was launched while the Western Development Museum closed its doors to keep our communities safe during the early months of the Covid-19 pandemic. For 18 months (April 2020 to September 2021), the WDM collected photographs from Saskatchewan people...

  • Dr. Alfred Shadd Virtual Exhibit

    This exhibit is a tribute to Dr. Shadd and his work. Dr. Alfred Schmitz Shadd was the first person of African ancestry known to settle in what is now Saskatchewan. The WDM would like to thank the Saskatchewan African Canadian Heritage Museum Inc. and the Melfort & District Museum for...

  • Spanish Flu in Saskatchewan: 1918-19 A virtual exhibit based on the Spanish Flu exhibit at the WDM Saskatoon.

    Spanish Flu in Saskatchewan: 1918-19 A virtual exhibit based on the Spanish Flu exhibit at the WDM Saskatoon. *This online gallery contains mature subject matter. Visitor discretion is advised. The history of the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918-19 is more relevant today, more than 100 years later, than perhaps any...


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