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“Extensive Transportation Focused Museum”

Western Development Museum
Ranked #2 of 29 things to do in Moose Jaw
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 29 May 2014

The Western Development Museum provides a fascinating glimpse into the role of transportation technology and innovation in the development of Western Canada. Visitors learn about the scale involved in opening up the vast prairies region to agricultural and resource development. One gets a feel for the optimism and energy that drove European and Asian settlers to invest in the region.

Thank Thomas J
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

Been here many times and last year we watched the former 5 time World bull whip champion and his family put on a show.
The guy had two volunteers hold a paper streamer in their teeth and he was going to cut the streamer with his whip.
At the last minute the whip man distracted the male volunteer
so he wouldn't flinch and proceeded to cut the streamer approx three inches from his lips.
There was horseback riding and whipping and demonstrations with several traditional australian whips including a teamster's whip that was massive and very long to reach all the way up a long hitch of oxen.
Later on this guy cut pieces of stiff paper about the size of a cigarette down to a stub in some volunteers mouth. Crazy.

Thank Daryl R
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Reviewed 27 May 2014

I was really surprised by the extensive collection this museum has.
In addition to transportation, there is a neat exhibit on radio with many vintage radio transmitters, receivers and test equipment.

The museum doesn't have any interactive exhibits. (most are static), however, there are some walk-through exhibits of a steam boat, train office, trains, early car garage, etc...

Overall, all the exhibits are very well maintained and the signage is extensive and clear.
They actually do aircraft restoration on site and the shop where they do that is viewable in one corner of the building.

In the Snowbirds exhibit, I found an old CAE flight simulator from the 1970's - neat.
They also have an even older Link flight simulator

Thank deathracer
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Reviewed 21 May 2014

This museum has a nice collection of automobiles from 1902 until the fifties. There are also train cars and locomotives, small planes (mostly military trainers) and sleighs. There is a room full of non-transportation artifacts for the 100 year time line of Saskatchewan's history.

For the planes, trains and automobiles: some items were literally just parked in the museum without any restorations. Most of the items, however, are in very good condition. Some items are in a restored condition.

Thank mtrodgers99
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Reviewed 21 May 2014

My older sister, older brother and I used to come here often with our parents as children. It was wonderful! You could sit in the seats in the big steam engine (this can still be done if you're small) and get to look in the cabs of other trains, look in the station, all kinds of things to do with trains, planes and automobiles. Today we brought my six year old niece and the museum is still in fine shape. The greatest part being the helpfulness and kind and consideration of Denise. Not only was she very friendly to talk to but she also helped us find an elusive battery for a toy with her trusty screwdriver and gave us a free spare! Denise you were a treasure and we couldn't thank you enough! When we walked around the museum I had all the fond memories come flooding back and it's great to know it is still popular with kids of all ages. Thank you very much WDM!

Thank Yasmin W
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