A Museum and More!
If you are from Moose Jaw, chances are you have visited the Western Development Museum. It is one of 4 museums in Saskatchewan that focus on our Heritage. The other museums can be found in Saskatoon, Yorkton and North Battleford. Moose Jaw lets transportation take the spotlight. With over 100,000 square feet to explore, it is easy to see why people love to visit the WDM.
Well loved artifacts aside, the WDM offers a lot more than just the exhibits. They run at least one event a month. The events will vary from “In Remembrance” to honour our Veterans, “Ghostly Games” for your little ones or a favourite around the WDM, “A Christmas Long Ago”.
I spent some time with Karla Rasmussen, the Education and Public Program Coordinator for the Moose Jaw WDM. I was lucky enough to get to go behind the scenes and see the set up for the upcoming Christmas event. Children will get to step back in time to see what Christmas was like 100 years ago at Grandma’s house, complete with a gift opening that shows the kids what children like them would have received so many years ago. They will also get to make some fun Christmas crafts. “A Christmas Long Ago” will be held December 15th and 22nd and there is still room to get your child registered!
There is a cost to non-members for events such as this one. However, a family membership is very reasonable at $70/year. 3 visits to the museum and you’ve recovered your cost. One perk of the membership is that nearly every event the museum puts on is no charge to attend (with the odd exception) and you also get access to pre-event nights exclusively for members.
Another area of the WDM worth checking out is their Gift Shop. I personally love all the little unique items that they carry and have purchased several of my children’s teacher gifts from here. They have toys and knickknacks, clothes, beautiful glass charms to catch the light from a window, purses and a whole section dedicated to Saskatchewan made items. It is so worth a stop just for this!
The WDM also has two separate rooms for rent. They can be used for meetings, Christmas parties, banquets, tour groups and so much more. They allow catering and if you are lucky enough, you might even be able to book a special event in the museum. Imagine eating your dinner in the Aviation Area!
One thing the WDM is always looking for is Volunteers. They are hosting a Volunteer Blitz on January 19th and anyone interested in volunteering can attend this information night. Several different areas are always in need of extra hands to help. If you have a love of steam engines, consider becoming a conductor for the Short Line 101!
A special thank you to Karla for showing me around! I feel so lucky to have this museum in Moose Jaw, with so much to offer. I hope you check it out.
See you around,
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