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Gotcha! Carnivorous Plants Chow Down
November 29, 2013 – June 1, 2014
Level 2

Carnivorous plants are colourful, lively, and sneaky at trapping and digesting insects and small organisms for the nutrients they provide. They fascinate many of us, especially kids. Gotcha! is a highly interactive, immersive exhibition focusing on the province’s diversity of curious carnivorous plants – from the pitcher plant to the bladderwort. It is aimed at kids aged five to nine but will be enjoyed by all ages.

Ratcliffe Collage

DEATH AT THE FRONT: THE SEALING DISASTERS OF 1914
March 16 – November 16 - Level 3 Museum Alcove

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the two terrible calamities in the history of the sealing industry in Newfoundland and Labrador. One tremendous spring blizzard off the island claimed 251 lives between the sinking of the Southern Cross and the harrowing ordeal faced by sealers of the Newfoundland left stranded on the sea ice for two days. The exhibition features artifacts and imagery connected to these tragedies.

Ratcliffe Collage

Image credit: The Rooms Provincial Archives Division, A 61-55, Landing Survivors [1914], Provincial Archives photograph collection

Here, We Made a Home
The Elinor Gill Ratcliffe Gallery - Level 4

At the eastern edge of the continent, bounded by the sea, the culture of Newfoundland and Labrador's livyers was tied to the fisheries and the North Atlantic. A rich mix of dialects, ways of life, food traditions, story and song developed here. Shaped by the unique combination of location, history, cultures - English, Irish, French, Scottish - this gallery shares many of these traditions and stories. Some are personal and local; others reflect roles and achievements on the world stage. Running through most of them are qualities of perseverance and innovation, courage and generosity.

Ratcliffe Collage

Image: The Rooms Provincial Museum Division

From this Place: Our Lives on Land and Sea
The Husky Energy Gallery - Level 4

A rich tapestry of cultures exists in Newfoundland and Labrador: Strong ties to the land and the sea are the threads running throughout. Four Aboriginal Peoples - Innu, Inuit, Southern Inuit and Mi'kmaq - have lived in Labrador or on the island of Newfoundland for centuries. Europeans (livyers) - settled both places beginning in the early 1600s. The stories presented in this gallery highlight how the province's peoples connected, and are connected. It is a story of how this place shaped its peoples and how different cultures have shaped and continue to shape this place.

Husky Collage

Image: The Rooms Provincial Museum Division

Magic Lantern Show
September 16 – Ongoing
Level 3 Museum Alcove

Magic lantern shows were the 19th century version of the movie theatre. these shows travelled all over Newfoundland and Labrador. Come to the Rooms to see the stories of Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan as told by Victorian lantern slides. narrated using the original scripts, these ageless stories are sure to please.

Magic Lantern

Image: The Rooms Provincial Museum Division

Silver: A Noble Metal
April 16 – Ongoing
Level 2 Atrium

In chemistry, silver is considered a noble metal; it is resistant to corrosion and oxidation and is considered precious due to its rarity in the Earth’s crust. It has been a status symbol for centuries, its artisans creating functional works of art but also paying attention to styles and trends. It has also been considered a great reward and is given as an award to important dignitaries, athletes and heroes on the battlefield. The exhibition will examine silver (sterling and plate), its uses and markings and its production within the province.

Silver: A Noble Metal

Image: The Rooms Provincial Museum Division

Permanent Exhibits
Connections: This Place and Its Early Peoples
Level 3

Come face to face with a polar bear on the tundra. Look closely at carnivorous plants in a bog. Marvel at seabirds, sea mammals, all kinds of sea life. See how a remarkable mix of plants and animals found their niche here since the glaciers retreated. And meet the peoples who came from almost every direction to make their lives on the land and from the sea.

The first of our permanent exhibits traces the evolution of land and sea since the glaciers’ retreat 12,000 years ago. It’s an exploration of changes and connections and how nature is interwoven with the lives of the peoples who lived here from 9,000 years ago to 1730.

Connections: This Place and Its Early Peoples


Birds, Birds, Birds!
Level 3

Guillemots, gyrfalcons and several kinds of gulls . . . did you know that there are over 30 species of birds in The Rooms Provincial Museum’s Permanent Gallery. It’s a perfect place for budding birders to practice their identification skills and learn all about the birds that call Newfoundland and Labrador home.

A Tour de Fort
Level 2

Interpretive panels tell the story of this 18th century symbol of England’s domination over the international fishery and the proud history of the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary who have made the site their home since 1870.

Talamh an Éisc: The Fishing Ground
Ongoing
Level 2

Find out why so many people from Trepassey to Tilting describe themselves as Irish Newfoundlanders.

This exhibition introduces you to the Irish who have been here since the late 1600s while exploring the communities they built and celebrating the contributions they made to life here in Newfoundland.

A project of the governments of Newfoundland and Labrador and Ireland, with generous support from Tom and Susan Foran.

Wind-Ships: Cargo Vessels in the Last Days of Sail
Ongoing
Level 2 Museum Vitrines
Surviving ships’ portraits from the 1800s remind us of a vanished era of ocean-going commerce in the age of sail. In those years North American schooners, brigs, barques and full- rigged ships were the workhorses of the Atlantic trade routes. The ships’ portraits featured in this exhibit were painted in foreign ports of call and were valued by merchant skippers and owners in the 1800s. For us, they are mementoes of a long vanished era of ocean- going commerce.

Wind-Ships: Cargo Vessels in the Last Days of Sail

Image: The Rooms Provincial Museum Division

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