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Big Bert

September 2014 - March 29, 2015

On loan from the Royal Saskatchewan Museum

Big Bert, a 92 million year old crocodile skeleton discovered in 1991 along the banks of Carrot River in the Pasquia Hills, will be taking up residence at the Western Development Museum – Saskatoon this fall. This fossil is the world’s most complete Terminonaris crocodile skeleton measuring approximately 5.6 m (19 feet) long; its skull alone is more than 1 m long.

Big Bert is brought back to life through 3D imagining that allows visitors to spin the bones around in any direction and to also flesh out the animal for an in depth and interactive study of the cast.

Take your picture with creatures from the Cretaceous and have it emailed to you at home!

Find out more about Big Bert on the Royal Saskatchewan Museum website.

The Noble Experiment

February 4 - March 29, 2015

Peterborough Museum and Archives 

Noble Experiment exhibit at WDM


Woman holding sign "Down with the Demon Rum" from Noble Experiment exhibitCanadians have been arguing about alcohol for at least two hundred years!

This fascinating exhibit tells the story of those who championed temperance...and of those who fought it every step of the way.

Les Canadiens ne s'entendent pas sur la question de l'alcool depuis au moins deux siècles !

Nous présentons ici l'histoire de ceux qui ont défendu la tempé de ceux s'y sont opposés par tour les moyens.


Temperance image

Canadian Heritage, The Ontrio Trillium Foundation, Peterborough Centennial Museum Archives

Stories of Courage: Saskatchewan Second World War Veterans Remember 

Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport 

The WDM is proud to support the Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport’s Military Heritage Project which honours Second World War veterans. The Stories of Courage: Saskatchewan Second World War Veterans Remember video series features interviews with 17 Saskatchewan veterans. The WDM is pleased to share these videos in all four of our Museums. The videos are also available to experience through the WDM website.


Coming Soon:
FEED by Mindy Yan Miller

April 30-June 30, 2015

Image courtesy Mindy Yan Miller

Mindy Yan Miller is motivated as much by social relations as aesthetics. Her art is rooted in fibre traditions. She frequently uses masses of potent materials to produce large-scale installations. Materials like human hair, animal hides, coke cans and used clothes are manipulated in very straightforward ways so that their embedded meanings aren’t obscured, and play a vital role in work’s overall significance.

In FEED, Yan Miller takes a familiar form and replaces one material for another. The hay bale: a method of conserving and maximizing crop production, is reimagined here as a way of conserving and maximizing the (over) production of clothes.

With mechanization, dehumanized labour conditions across the developing world and the fashion industry’s ceaseless pressure to buy more, could these clothes bales provide an answer to over consumption and production? Probably not, but they might serve as silent reminders that some things are ultimately more valuable than others.

Since graduating from NSCAD University with a MFA in 1990, Mindy Yan Miller has exhibited across Canada, Europe and United States. Now living in Saskatoon, her work continues to be inspired by themes of labour, identity, loss and commodification.

Coming Soon:
Ehoes in the ice - finding Franklin's Ship

April 11 - July 5, 2015

Travelling exhibit

Travelling exhibit from the Canada Science and Technology Museum

Saskatoon is the first stop for this exciting, new travelling exhibit which highlights the Franklin Expedition of 1845 with artifacts and new videos from the discovery of the HMS Erebus.

Canada Science and Technology Museum

Annual Exhibit:
Eaton's Once Upon a Christmas

November - January

Eaton's Once Upon a Christmas

Christmas carollers greet visitors to Eaton's Once Upon a ChristmasWestern Development Museum exhibit

Capturing the magic and snowflake
make-believe of the season!

Since 1987, the Eaton’s Once Upon a Christmas exhibit has delighted visitors, young and old. The exhibit continues to be a major attraction for those who visit the WDM during the holiday season. It offers an opportunity for parents to share with their children memories of their childhood and it allows children to enter to a world of make-believe and magic.

Visit the Saskatoon WDM with your family and enjoy this wonderful Saskatchewan tradition.

Find out more about the Once Upon a Christmas exhibit -->