The Vale Inco Limited Gallery of Minerals treats visitors to spectacular themed displays containing specimens from the ROM's impressive collections.
The gallery consists of a state of the art table game, an interactive wall, a giant pure gold coin, a touchable wall of gold ore, and cases with specimens and objects and videos.
The Light of the Desert, at 900 carats, is the largest faceted cerussite gem in the world. The rough material was unearthed from a mine in Namibia. Cerussite is extremely soft and fragile, and faceted examples are extremely rare.
The ROM's meteorite collection of over 100 different specimens includes nine lunar and six martian meteorites. Marvel at the 1.1 kilogram lunar specimen, one of the biggest lunar meteorites on display in the world.
The rare Tagish Lake meteorite contains primitive organic material dating back to the formation of our solar system. Kept frozen (except for the piece in our display) since the day it crashed, this wonder from deep space may one day reveal answers about the beginnings of our solar system.
Close to 3,000 exceptional specimens of minerals, gems, meteorites and rocks represent a collection among the finest in North America.