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July 6, 2015
Galleries 9am-3pm

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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.

“The recent discovery of the wreck of one of the Franklin Expedition ships in the Canadian North is a significant archaeological and historical achievement,” says Alex Benay, President and CEO of the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation. “We are glad to share Echoes in the Ice across the country to help Canadians learn more about the compelling story, and to help them live history as it unfolds through this exhibition.”

Using artifacts, images, audiovisual presentations, and art, Echoes in the Ice: Finding Franklin's Ship examines Arctic exploration past and present, profiles the explorers involved in the search for the Northwest Passage, and decodes the mysteries of the Franklin Expedition of 1845, when the crew vanished. These stories are told using artifacts such as instruments and objects dating from the same period as the Franklin Expedition, as well as contemporary scientific objects used by present-day scientists investigating the high Arctic.

New additions to the exhibition include Parks Canada photographs and videos from the September 2014 discovery of HMS Erebus, one of Franklin's two ships.

The exhibition is a co-production of Gone West Productions and the Canada Science and Technology Museum in Ottawa, with the generous support of Natural Resources Canada and Parks Canada.

WDM Echoes in the Ice - Finding Franklin's Ship Exhibit Media Release (PDF)

Canada Science and Technology Museum

FEED by Mindy Yan Miller

April 30-August 9, 2015

FEED exhibit by Mandy Yan Miller
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:
Canada Day 1

July 26 – December 6, 2015

Travelling exhibit from Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

Canada Day 1

Explore First Steps, First Impressions and First Experiences as a Newcomer to Canada

The immigration experience is marked by firsts. The first day in a new country takes shape with an individual’s first steps, first impressions and first experiences. Come explore immigrants’ diverse personal Day 1 experiences, from Confederation to present day. Visit the bilingual exhibition Canada: Day 1 from July 26 – December 6, 2015 at WDM Saskatoon.

Newcomers’ unique and shared experiences—across time and cultures—are highlighted in a thoughtful way through oral histories, archival images, original artworks, objects and your participation. Explore Day 1 through the themes of Transitions, Arrival, Encounters, Finding Your Way and Reflections. You will be transported back to your first day in Canada, or inspired to imagine yourself in a newcomer’s shoes.

Your Canada: Day 1 experience goes beyond the exhibition. Through community outreach programs and learning opportunities in local schools, Canada: Day 1 is sure to spark ongoing conversations and further reflections on collective Canadian identity.

Canada: Day 1 is a travelling exhibition produced by the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 as a legacy project of our nation’s 150th anniversary in 2017 and supported by RBC Foundation.

RBCroduced by Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21


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.

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