The ROM was pleased to host Barrick Gold Corporation employees and their families on Sunday, February 23, 2014. This special day celebrated the recent opening of the new Barrick Gold Corporation Gallery, an interactive space in the ROM’s Teck Suite of Galleries: Earth’s Treasures. A new permanent gallery, it showcases a range of mineral specimens as well as presentations on the global mining industry, including stories about modern mining and how the mining industry impacts our daily lives.
Approximately 200 guests from Barrick enjoyed complimentary admission to the Museum and curatorial tours of this exciting new Gallery. Barrick families participated in fun activities such as a make-your-own-planet craft and experienced tactile learning with two touch tables of meteorites, rocks and minerals. Many guests also tried their hand at the Gallery’s interactive Challenge of Mining game, which invites players to “manage” a successful, ethical and productive mining operation.
The ROM is grateful to Barrick for its generous $3M gift, which will also fund ROM educational programming, including a new education coordinator role in mining and Earth Sciences, and a classroom in the Museum’s Learning Centre, which welcomes over 150,000 students each year.