Donalda and District Museum 

Museums 

The Donalda & District Museum displays a variety of historical collections and buildings that preserves the history of the area for future generations.

Our collections include:

  • More than 850 lamps                                                                                                              
  • 4000 artifacts depicting the Donalda & District area’s history 
  • 1924 Creamery
  • 1932 Imperial Bank of Canada
  • 1909 CN Rail Station
  • World’s Largest Lamp

 

The Museum continues to add to its collections of artifacts and buildings to help preserve our culture and history. A trip to the Donalda & District Museum is a chance to experience the life and happenings of a small rural community.
 

 
Lamp Collection
This renowned collection displays lamps ranging from the 1600s to the 1950s. The primary basis of the collection is kerosene oil lamps that were utilized from the 1800s to the mid-1900s in residences, business and public buildings.

This extensive collection of lamps was established with the extremely generous donation of 500 lamps from local residents Don & Beth Lawson in 1979.

 
 
Whitford Collection:
The Whitford collection is on permanent display in the main building and exhibits a variety of Métis artifacts from the late 1800s period. Many of the artifacts are handmade and showcase the beauty and craftsmanship of this period and the Métis way of life.

Complementing the Whitford collection is an exhibit of First Nation arrowheads, scrapers and hammerheads collected from the local region.

Historical Culture Collection:
The main museum displays a wide variety of more than 4000 artifacts portraying the daily lives of the early settlers to more modern times. 

The artifacts range from personal items, such as Norwegian wedding spoons dating from 1832 to items of daily use in people's lives. The collection contains period clothing, pottery, toys, dishes, coffee grinders, early coins and tokens, wool spinning wheels and numerous other items.