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Watson Crossley Community Museum

Grandview's Watson Crossley Community Museum complex may be Manitoba's best kept secret!

Established in 1973, the Watson-Crossley Community Museum continues to grow with something of interest for all age groups.

The extensive collection in the museum depicts typical late 19th century and early 20th century living in the Grandview area and represents home and lifestyle of our prairie ancestors.

Main Building

Reception area, office and houses the Burrows Sawmill display, thousands of artifacts from the bygone era when Grandview was first settled. It depicts the various cultures and groups that helped in the building of the community.

Open daily from June 20 - Sept 1.
Museum Tours are available at other times by appointment.
Phone 204-572-4180(Lyle Morran)

Pioneer Home
Three story house was built by William Jeffrey in 1918 which was later lived in by James Crowe and donated to the museum by the Crowe family. It is completely restored and furnished to it's original condition.

Early Settler's Log House
Built by William Tate and also lived in by the Mark Shield family. It was moved from the farm to the museum and furnished to represent the era when it was constructed.

The Holy Ghost Ukrainian Orthodox Church which was built west of Shortdale, later moved to Shortdale and then donated to the museum.


Ottawa Rural Schoolhouse

The Ottawa District schoolhouse was originally located southwest of Grandview.  It was first moved to Grandview and used as a tourist bureau.  After a number of years it was relocated to the museum complex and furnished as a rural schoolhouse.

Black Smith Shop
A collection of antique black smith tools and stationary gasoline engines.

Car Shed
A collection of antique and classic cars and trucks, an ox cart, London cab, democrat, cutter and caboose.

Machinery Shed
A collection of threshing machines, binders, combines, tractors, cats, seed drills and a hay loader.

Tractor Shed
A collection of antique tractors, a steam engine and a display of 40 classic snowmobiles.

Steam Hauler
The phoenix steam hauler was used to haul logs out of the Duck Mountains to the Burrows Lumber Mill located where Wilson Park in now situated.

Burrows Mill Provincial Heritage Site
The site of the Burrows Lumber Mill on the banks of the Valley River, designated a Provincial Heritage Site in 2010.

Historic and Scenic Tour
The Historic and Scenic Tour will take you on a journey where you will see beautiful scenery, old churches, community halls, and schools from bygone days. See map near the entrance to the main building. Take binoculars and cameras. Souvenir guide books (no charge) are available from the museum attendant or the Grandview Municipality office. Driving the entire tour will take 2 to 3 hours.

To assist seniors and handicapped people to enjoy our large museum we provide a golf cart for transportation free of charge. See attendant for this service.