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“Authentic indoors, but still great in any weather!!”

Western Development Museum
Ranked #1 of 79 things to do in Saskatoon
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Ottawa, Canada
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43 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Authentic indoors, but still great in any weather!!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2014

We headed to the WDM, Saskatoon not knowing what to expect. At the front desk we were met by very friendly and helpful staff. Being housed in a huge building, the Museum is great for a visit any time of the year. Even though it is housed in a building, the Museum does not always feel :indoors". We arrived just after a huge rainstorm, so it would have been a messy day if the museum was outdoors. The exhibits were all creative and informative and visually appealing. It may not be the greatest interactive museum for young children, but we (middle-aged adults) enjoyed a very interesting and educational few hours at WDM. The Boomtown Cafe is wonderful and staff were great. The vintage tractors in the back hall were amazing, if you enjoy this type of thing.

Visited May 2014
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Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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“Fun experience!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2014

The indoor town would be perfect for children or immature tourists like my brother and I to imagine we are cowboys having a dual. Walking through the exhibit was like a blast to the past. Some of the mannequins were a little scary, when I encounter them.

Visited May 2014
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“Plenty to see here!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2014

First impressions were not that great; the "main street" of businesses, authentic as they were, being very poorly lit. It was so dark that it felt like we were walking thru a historic downtown, in and out of businesses - at midnight. However, there were several off-shoots (better lit), large rooms housing old restored vehicles, farm equipment, train engines, and much more. So, overall, it is well worth a two-three hour visit if you are visiting Saskatoon.

Visited May 2014
Thank wearytraveler07
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“Boomtown is extensive”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2014

Great rainy day choice as there is alot to see indoors.
Even if the kids get bored there is alot of area to roam through.
Reminds me of the style of museum in Victoria.
Shocking to see the changes in a few generations time.

Visited June 2013
Thank Daryl R
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Saskatoon, Canada
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“Good but definitely could be better!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2014

The WDM has been around for many years and is a great attraction in our city! I have been there at least twice a year for the last few years with my kids through their schools, as well as covered many many weddings at the venue. The kids love it, and it always has a lot to offer in terms of history and interesting displays. The WDM gets a LOT of antiques and historical items donated to it, and has a warehouse full of treasures, however greatly disregards them and never changes up their props or scenes. I think it would be great if they could show off some new treasures and items in their scene displays and perhaps even change up the displays a little bit! It would give more people a reason to come back again and again.

In terms of a wedding venue, the banquet hall itself is a great space and the food and service is EXCELLENT. As a photographer, photographing ceremonies in the WDM museum area is an absolute nightmare. The lighting is TERRIBLE because of their low orange/yellow atmosphere lighting, high ceilings and dark brown surroundings. The WDM needs to take that more into consideration and offer some sort of white lighting, spotlighting or strobe lighting with their wedding packages. Most photographers do not carry around studio lighting and the amount of lighting needed to make this venue adequate for amazing photos would simply be too much for most photographers to carry around with them. It is a shame because it's a unique and interesting spot for a ceremony, however the lighting falls so flat it takes away from not only the atmosphere of their beautiful venue, but it also creates less than the best photographs for photographers and brides & grooms getting married. It's sad that my reaction to hearing that a ceremony is being held at the WDM in the museum area causes me to sigh inside, as the venue should be an exciting and fun place to shoot given the historical displays and character of the venue. If they provided a white lighting or spotlighting in the general area of where their ceremonies are held it would be a great asset for not only brides/grooms and photographer but also for the promotion of their business as it would create better images that more people would like to have as their wedding images in their venue!

Visited December 2013
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