Melfort & District Museum
Come and explore the past with us. We’re saving it here for you!
The Melfort & District Museum is located in the heart of Northeast Saskatchewan in Melfort at 401 Melfort Street West, next to the fairgrounds. It features a Pioneer Village as well as an extensive collection of vintage farm machinery, equipment and tools that were used in the development of the agriculture industry and the settling of our area. The Settlers' Village is open June to October.
The Melfort & District Museum collection focuses on the agricultural and social history of Melfort and area. We have many artifacts on display throughout our museum, in our main building, the Powerhouse and in our Pioneer Village buildings: the Bennett pioneer house, a grist mill, a blacksmith shop, a barber shop, Rothwell School, St. Paul’s Anglican Church, a general store with doctor’s and dentist’s offices, Beatty’s Real Estate office, South Melfort Post Office, an Exhibit Hall and a working sawmill.
We also have a large archive of photographs, documents, history books, record books and oral histories available for genealogical research.
Our museum is open year-round and has a great summer program that includes activities for families, the Time Warp program for kids in addition to our popular Coffee and Conversation series. We provide hands-on learning about our history and our heritage.
In June of every year, we book School Tours and create hands-on learning experiences for the classes. We have Theme Boxes that school teachers may borrow to augment their curriculum in the areas of Pioneer Life, Agricultural History, and Aboriginal and Multi-Cultural Heritage.
Melfort & District Museum hosts many events throughout the year: we participate in Back-to-the-Fifties, Canada Day, Fair Parade and Fair Days, and Celebration of Christmas. We contribute to Communities in Bloom and we host a Family Picnic, Senior's Day, Volunteer Appreciation, Old-time dances, Heritage Fashion Show & Tea and Horseshoes League. We do demonstrations in the saw mill, grist mill and blacksmith shop, and we bake bread in our outdoor brick oven.
How is your French? Radio-Canada filmed a segment on July 5, 2011, at the Melfort and District Museum, broadcasted in all four western provinces as part of a show on the Nipawin Pike Fest, available online at the following link (forward to 4:10 on 1/4 to find the Museum segment): http://www.radio-canada.ca/audio-video/pop.shtml#urlMedia=http://www.radio-canada.ca/Medianet/2011/CBKFT/PlaineDete201107052030.asx
Open: Monday to Friday (year-round) from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm
Tours: late May to end of August - Settlers' Village is open June to October
We provide guided tours for everyone, whether individual or group or school tour.
Admission: By donation
School Tours: $1.00 per student
Gailmarie Anderson, Curator
Street Address: 401 Melfort Street West
Mailing Address: Box 3222, Melfort, SK SOE 1A0
Phone: (306) 752-5870
Fax: (306) 752-5556
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