Dawn of Life Preview | Rotunda, Level 2

In anticipation of the new Dawn of Life gallery, which will be home to the ROM’s world renowned collection of Burgess Shale specimens, the Museum will have a special display of spectacular pieces that will introduce how the new gallery will present, interpret, and explain fossil life.

These specimens will give a sneak peek into the remarkable history of life on Earth before the dinosaurs, and how the Earth has changed drastically over time. Some of the pieces identified have been in the ROM’s vaults for decades, or were acquired specifically for the new Dawn of Life gallery, and will be a unique experience for visitors.


Many of the fossils presented in this exhibit have been the focus of exciting new ROM research. See below for a more in-depth look at just a few of these fascinating stories published by ROM Curator Jean-Bernard Caron.

Comments

Comment by Dennis Murray

Hello, I am wondering when the Dawn of Life exhibit will be available for viewing? It was supposed to be open in November but I dont see any evidence that it is available. Please advise, thanks.

Comment by Lead Concierge

Thanks for your question.  In anticipation of the upcoming Dawn of Life Gallery, we now have a special display of spectacular pieces that will introduce how the new gallery will present, interpret, and explain fossil life.  These specimens give a sneak peek into the remarkable history of life on Earth before the dinosaurs, and how the Earth has changed drastically over time.

Comment by Aaron Lawrence

This looks like it will be a really interesting exhibit and a great addition to the second floor. I'm really looking forward to it. I haven't been able to find an anticipated opening date for the full exhibit. Has one been decided yet?