August 6, 2002
The museum houses a collection of artifacts relating to First Nations, Métis and pioneer history from 1870 to 1905 with exhibits and information on the Riel Rebellion of 1885. The history, culture and traditions of these peoples are portrayed through a number of themes, including religion, education, law, and commerce. The museum hosts a good collection of religious artifacts relating to the history and involvement of the Roman Catholic Church in the area. One artifact which my Danish host mother found particularly interesting as a pediatric nurse was a glass baby bottle from the 19th century.
Another feature of this museum is its gallery, which features works of art including sculptures, paintings, and photographs by Saskatchewan artists. If you are looking for a unique piece of Saskatchewan handicraft or artwork, you must stop at the museum gift shop with artwork by more than 50 artisans.
If you have the stomach for heights (a rarity in Saskatchewan – the heights, not stomachs), climb the many floors of stairs to the tower lookout. There are four glass portals, each facing true north, west, south, and east. This provided me and my Danish host parents an excellent view of the surrounding countryside. It certainly allows one a chance to ponder over the historical significance of the events in the area.
The museum is open from mid-May to the Labour Day long weekend in August, from 10am to 5:30pm, seven days a week. If you visit in the off-season, call ahead at (306) 467-2057 or toll free at 1-866-467-2057. Admission: Adults $4.00, Students $2.00, Seniors $3.00, Family Rate $10.00. For directions to the museum and other attractions in the area I have not visited, please visit the museum website.
From journal Fur Traders, Rebellion, and Forest galore!