Prairie River Museum
Tourism Region: Kelsey Tourism
A CNR Class 3 railway station built in 1919 is the home of the Prairie River museum in the friendly town of Prairie River, SK (approximately 3 hours east of Saskatoon) It was designated as a Municipal Heritage Property in 1982. Opened in 1985 it displays over 4000 artifacts that tell the story of the early pioneer, lumbering and agricutural industries of Prairie River and district, life between 1900 - 1950 and of the diversity of ethnic cultures brought to this area. Artifacts from the privately owned Shaw Bros. Railroad Saw Mill & Planer (1906 - 1917) Prairie River, highlight your journey through the past. Archaeological artifacts found locally date back to 6000BC, including arrowheads, knives and scrapers. Some of the many other artifacts including clothing, wooden harrows, radios, gramophones, household items, saws, axes, carpenter tools, many old photos and much, much more.
Shaw Brothers Railroad, Saw mill and planer display: January 1, 2010 to December 31, 2015
Prairie River Centennial Celebration: July 6, 2013 to July 7, 2013
About the Collections
Displays of artifacts which reflect the early agricultural, lumbering and trapping industries; clothing, radios, gramophones, housewares, carpenter's tools; CNR artifacts; many old photographs; First Nations artifacts (arrow heads, hammers, scrapers); artifacts from Shaw Brothers Saw Mill and private railroad 1907-1916
Approximate number of objects in the collections: 4000+
Records of the Prairie River Women's Institute, Records and artifacts of Shaw Railroad, Local School District records
Architectural Records •
Cartographic Materials •
Prints and Drawings •
Period artifacts from local residents
Ceramics, Porcelain or Pottery •
Furniture or Furnishings •
Metalwork, Silverwork or Goldwork •
Musical Instruments •
Textiles or Tapestries
Art, costumes, textiles, pottery, glass, musical instruments
Modern • Historical
Photography • Prints and Drawings
Life between 1900 - present day connected with lumbering, trapping and agriculture industries of the Prairie River district and the diversity of ethnic cultures brought to this area.
Costumes and Accessories
Furniture or Furnishings
Household Objects or Domestic Technology
Industrial Technology and History
Maps, Charts, Plans or Blueprints
Military History and Technology
Toys and Games
Specimens from school lab which closed
Plants and Animals (Biological Collections)
Earth Science and Geological Collections
Services & Activities
Have supplied information on heritage railroad, family histories, community organizations histories.
Other: archival photographs
Under revision at present
Special Needs Facilities
: Wheelchair access
Children's Activities or Services
: Overnight stays
Other: Campgrounds and picnic tables
Other Guided Tours: Guided tours sometimes offered in other languages if required - Ukrainian, Polish, Dutch, etc.
Volunteer Services Available •
Volunteer Training Offered
Number of Volunteers: 25
Activities: Archival research, accessioning; tour guides; all curatorial duties, janitorial duties; building, yard landscaping and maintenance; repairs, etc.
An opportunity to work with the membership to provide services and education to the community and visitors
Other: Coffee and snacks can be prearranged for bus tours.
Publications and Products
Railway History Book
T-Shirts or Sweatshirts or Caps •
Commemorative Souvenirs •
Other: Souvenir hats, spoons and pins
Tools from pioneer days of farming, logging and trapping.
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Prairie River, Saskatchewan
Prairie River Museum
Box 86, Prairie River, Saskatchewan
Hours of Operation
By Appointment •
June - Heritage Day - pioneer type demonstrations
Open: Year round by appointment
May 1 - September 30 daily 11:00am - 5:00pm except Wednesday
Easter, Christmas and New Years Day
No Charge ; Donations accepted