Biggar Museum & Gallery
The Biggar Museum gathers the history of Biggar and surrounding area and makes it available to the public.
In 1886, Frenchie Bernier was the only white man in the area. The North West Mounted Police needed an outpost whilst they were guarding the trail between Swift Current and Battleford. One provision was that Frenchie had to provide the Mounties with a barn. So, Frenchie and his First Nations neighbours built a barn of sod. Then the people started coming, looking for their homesteads and staying at Frenchie’s, then known as the Sixty Mile Bush Outpost. This is one of the many stories there are to be told in the Biggar Museum.
In the Royden Donahue Exhibit Gallery there is a replica of the Sixty Mile Bush Outpost, along with many more exhibits, all depicting the history of the development of this town of Biggar and the surrounding farming area. The role of the Grand Truck Railway, volunteer firefighters, KKK, the Majestic Theatre, and the Chinese Laundry are just some of the displays. Sandra Schmirler, the great Canadian Curler is honoured here.
There is always someone in the museum to give you a personal tour, or, motion sensors will give brief descriptions for most exhibits.
Family research is available in our Library, and in the many journals we have for sale in our gift shop. We are the headquarters for New York is Big, but this is Biggar souvenirs.
The Credit Union Gallery, in the same building, is filled every month with art, temporary exhibits or special events like the Valentine Day Pie and Tea event. Working with the Biggar & District Arts Council, art from local school children to famous Saskatchewan artists is presented most months of the year.
There is always something happening at the Biggar Museum & Gallery!
Collection Highlights: Gus Froese Mural, Hanson Buck, Sandra Schmirler, Chinese Laundry, Grand Truck & Canadian National Railway and replica of the Majestic Theatre, built in 1911 and still in use today!
105 3rd Avenue West
January – January
Hours of Operation:
Labour Day to May long weekend: Open Monday – Friday 1:00 – 5:00
May long weekend - Labour Day: Open Tuesday – Saturday 9:00 – 12:00, 1:00 – 5:00
Admission: By donation, please sign our guest book.