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Surround yourself with the colours, the textures, the hope and the love that came from all over the world to build this province. See the struggles and feel the joys in the simple things of life for people creating new beginnings.

  • Yorkton Local History Exhibit

    Discover how the original Yorkton townsite was established when the York Farmers' Colonization Company purchased land in 1881.

  • 100 Years of Saskatchewan History

    This exhibit celebrates 100 years of Saskatchewan history. This introduction area dramatically sets the stage for 1905 by giving an overview of the long and eventful story before provincehood. A First Nations female mannequin from about 1850, a young Métis man from about 1870 tell the story with two other...

  • Railway Station

    An impressive mural recreates a typical railway station scene from the early 20th century. The artist is Gus Froese, a well-known Saskatchewan painter.

  • Showcase Rooms

    Room exhibits showcase an array of artifacts from different cultures, including British, German, American, and Ukrainian.

  • Time Square

    This area of the Museum is designed for children. It is arranged in four sections: "a time to play," "a time to learn," "a time to shop," and "a time for work." Youngsters are invited to play with traditional toys and handle objects from the past. Here, children can pretend...

  • In a Prairie Attic: Bladon Family Toys

    This exhibit showcases more than 200 artifacts which speak of growing up during the settlement period of Saskatchewan. The artifacts tell the story of the Bladon family, a couple and their seven children who farmed near Lang, Saskatchewan from 1910 to 1995. The family members were savers. Five of the...

  • Clay Oven

    The Yorkton WDM clay oven was built in 1975 on the farm of William K. Elaschuk with the assistance of Bob Pearce and Mike Nabozniak (all members of the Yorkton Threshermen’s Club). It was built on a platform with wheels; this allowed it to be moved but eventually was stationed...

  • Bell and Tower

    This is the original Yorkton City Hall bell tower erected in 1905 when the combination Library, Fire Hall and City Hall building was constructed. The original bell cracked and was replaced in 1908. In 1962 the building was torn down.

  • Outdoor Agricultural Exhibit

    Outdoors, pole sheds house tractors and agricultural implements. The six-cylinder Twin City 60-90 HP gas tractor, built by Minneapolis Steel & Machine Company in 1916, was one of the largest tractors ever produced. Its shipping weight was 28,000 pounds. The Avery Manufacturing Company of Peoria, Illinois built the undermount 20-60...

  • There are currently no temporary exhibits. Please check out our other exhibits.

    Exploring Saskatchewan History Through the Clothes We Wore A Virtual Exhibit The clothes we wear offer clues to who we are and where we come from. What we wear can often tell others about our hobbies and interests, our skills, our cultural background or our jobs. Some clothing is purely functional....

  • 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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