Manitoba Agricultural Museum
|Manitoba Agricultural Museum|
|Location||Austin, Manitoba, Canada.|
The Manitoba Agricultural Museum is dedicated to collecting vintage farm machinery and buildings from 1900 and beyond. Located on 50 acres (200,000 m2) near Austin, Manitoba in the Rural Municipality of North Norfolk, to date they have amassed over 500 piece of machinery and a pioneer village consisting of more than 20 buildings complete with artifacts. This is Canada’s largest collection of vintage equipment. The facilities include a camping and picnic grounds and a souvenir shop.
Throughout the year the museum offers various tours, schools and hands on experiences climaxing with Annual Manitoba Threshermen's Reunion and Stampede and various other expositions. The annual Threshermen's Reunion and Stampede is held near the end of July.
The Threshermen's Reunion offers a large collection of antique steam and gas tractors as well as the other equipment that was used on early farms. Every afternoon during the reunion a parade showcases some 12 steam engines and dozens of "gas" tractors and machinery. After the parade venture into the fair grounds and watch an early steam powered saw mill blaze through logs to make planks that were the foundation of pioneer buildings. When supper time rolls around come to the Corn and Barley Corral where you can find a steam tractor steaming corn! Every evening there is a rodeo followed by a free dance.
The Manitoba Amateur Radio Museum is also located on the grounds. This museum is dedicated to collecting, restoring and operation antique communication equipment and now has over 3700 artifacts on display. Its operating call signs are VE4ARM and VE4MTR.
- Canada Agriculture Museum
- Ross Farm Museum
- Central Experimental Farm
- Agriculture in Canada
- Ontario Agricultural Museum