Hundreds of students from across southern Saskatchewan came to the Western Development Museum on Thursday for its annual Museum Day. 

This is the first Museum Day since 2019 after it was put on hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Museum Day gives students the chance to learn their hands-on experiences. 

“They learn by doing, so, they get to actually try some of the demonstrations. They watch our volunteers as they might demonstrate something like a heritage skill like blacksmithing and then they also get to just enjoy the museum as well,” said Western Development Museum Programs Manager Karla Rasmussen. 

The students rotated through several stations throughout the museum learning about subjects such as aviation, astronomy, cow milking, ice cream making, toys and pastimes, rail history and much more. 

It was estimated that nearly 300 students took part in their year’s event as well as about 50 teachers and chaperones. 

“We invite Kindergarten through Grade 6 to come and join us. We have schools from across southern Saskatchewan. We had two that came from the Chinook School Division, so, that's really wonderful as well, some local schools and one from Regina,” Rasmussen said. 

Some of the community partners that volunteered to help up the event on included the New Southern Plains Metis Local #160, Prairie Hearts Quilting Guild, Carousel Riders, the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada – Regina Chapter, and personnel from 15 Wing Moose Jaw.