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Funeral home exhibit set to open at Saskatoon museum

Saskatoon’s Western Development Museum to give visitors a glimpse into what a funeral home looked like a century ago.
Saskatoon’s Western Development Museum to give visitors a glimpse into what a funeral home looked like a century ago. Supplied / Western Development Museum

SASKATOON – A new exhibit at Saskatoon’s Western Development Museum (WDM) will soon give visitors a glimpse into what a funeral home looked liked a century ago. The one-of-a-kind display will be the first funeral home model to be featured in a Canadian museum.

Officials with the museum say it will offer a “thought-provoking” glimpse into the realities of the funeral home profession.

“Perhaps the funeral home exhibit will spark conversations about death that are difficult to hold elsewhere, and will help people to become more at peace with the subject,” says the WDM on its website.

“Like museums everywhere, the WDM strives to present historically accurate exhibits – even when the subject matter may be complex or difficult.”

A period hearse will be parked in front of the exhibit. A closed coffin will be set up inside a curtained-off chapel area where some visitors, if they’re uncomfortable, may choose not to go, the museum says.

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The exhibit will open this spring in Boomtown, WDM’s indoor representation of a typical Saskatchewan town circa 1910. Boomtown features more than 30 buildings, including a general store, blacksmith shop, school and Royal North West Mounted Police detachment.

With files from Global News