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New Exhibits
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

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

HAOOTIA QUADRIFORMIS: THE WORLD’S OLDEST MUSCULAR ANIMAL
Ongoing
Connections Gallery, Level 3 Museum

On display right now: an extraordinary half-billion year old fossil from the Bonavista Peninsula. One of The Rooms most recent natural history acquisitions, Haootia quadriformis was discovered in 2008. It is the oldest complex animal fossil ever found and provides some of the earliest evidence of muscle tissue in the world’s biological record. This striking and scientifically exciting specimen is a must-see!

Image of an artist's reconstruction of haootia quadriformis organism
Image credit: Artist’s Reconstruction of Haootia quadriformis.2014. Courtesy Martin Brasier

ACCIDENTAL FINDS: ARCHAEOLOGY FROM THE POTATO GARDEN
February 11 – November 8, 2015
Level 3 Museum Alcove

People have occupied Newfoundland and Labrador for thousands of years and have left cultural traces buried in the soil and underwater. Usually unearthed by trained archaeologists, sometimes things come to light by accidental means such as when residents make chance finds while landscaping and, yes, digging in their gardens. On display is a selection of seldom seen collections that have surfaced by these means.

Image of Stone Tools (Bifaces). Southern Labrador. 2000 to 1000 Years Ago.
Image Credit: Stone Tools (Bifaces). Southern Labrador. 2000 to 1000 Years Ago. The Rooms Provincial Museum Division.

FLOWERS OF REMEMBRANCE
October 22, 2014 - Ongoing
Level 2 Museum Vitrines

A number of flowers are associated with the First World War by Newfoundlanders and Labradorians, including the familiar forget-me-not and poppy. Such commemorative flowers and their role in our collective memory will be profiled. Using artifacts and period imagery relating to The Great War commemoration, we will explore the significant role these flowers played across the last century.

Image of an artist's forget me not card.
Image Credit: The Rooms Provincial Museum Division.

DEATH AT THE FRONT: THE SEALING DISASTERS OF 1914
March 16 – February 8, 2015
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.

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

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.

Talamh an Éisc: The Fishing Ground
Ongoing
Level 4

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.

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