Saskatoon has a lot to offer when it comes to museums – from a walk through a 1910 boomtown, to a glimpse into the life of Canada’s 13th prime minister.
Here are the highlights:
History buffs will be right at home at the Western Development Museum. Visitors are transported back in time through an indoor representation of a typical Saskatchewan boomtown circa 1910.
Perched on the west side of the South Saskatchewan River near the foot of the University Bridge is the Ukrainian Museum of Canada. The artifacts on exhibit demonstrate Saskatchewan’s rich Ukrainian heritage and its contribution to our country.
The University of Saskatchewan is host to the Museum of Natural Sciences, where evolution is outlined throughout geological time with displays of living plants, animals, fossils, rocks and minerals.
The Diefenbaker Canada Centre houses the Diefenbaker archives, museum and gallery. The Centre promotes community engagement and offers visitors an interactive look at John G. Diefenbaker’s influential role as Canada’s 13th prime minister.
The Children’s Discovery Museum on the Saskatchewan provides a unique venue that brings together children, families and community for interaction that develops essential foundational skills, lights a creative spark and stimulates lifelong learning.
Wanuskewin Heritage Park explores and explains the meaning of the plains culture to help visitors gain a better understanding of Saskatchewan’s First Nations peoples and our common heritage. With an interpretive centre, two galleries, a restaurant and interactive trails, there’s something for everyone in the family.
The Saskatchewan Railway Museum is located on the Pike Lake Highway, just west of Saskatoon, on seven acres of land. The museum is open during the summer months from May long weekend to the September long weekend and by appointment on other days.
Saskatoon has a colourful arts scene that’s growing and evolving all the time. As a city that is often referred to as the Paris of the Prairies, it seems only fitting that it will soon be home to a world-class landmark situated on the riverbank – the Remai Art Gallery of Saskatchewan.
Set to be the largest gallery in the province, The Remai Art Gallery of Saskatchewan already boasts an exceptional collection of 405 Picasso linocut prints. Groundbreaking commences in 2013, and expected completion is late 2014 to early 2015.
Nestled into the west bank of the South Saskatchewan River, the Mendel Art Gallery houses a rich diversity of local, national and international exhibits. The public gallery sits adjacent to the lush Civic Conservatory – home to seasonal flower displays and a vibrant collection of orchids, tropical and arid plants. Admission is free to both the Mendel Art Gallery and the Civic Conservatory.
The Gordon Snelgrove Gallery, located on the University of Saskatchewan campus, is a teaching facility and a public gallery managed through the university’s department of art and art history. It provides a venue for new work by artists and curators – both within the department and the wider community.
The city also offers many commercial art galleries including:
AKA Gallery – Artist-run centre facilitating the production, presentation and interpretation of a diversity of contemporary art with an emphasis on innovative artistic practices
Darrell Bell Gallery – Contemporary Canadian art with an emphasis on professional Saskatchewan artists
PAVED Arts – Non-profit, community-based organization that aims to advance knowledge of “PAVED” (photography, audio, video, electronic and digital) arts
Rouge Gallery – Dedicated to the presentation and promotion of emerging as well as established Canadian artists
The Stall Gallery – Specializes in contemporary paintings, drawings and prints
The Gallery/art placement – Emphasizes the work of senior and mid-career, Saskatchewan artists while also representing established western Canadian painters