Empty Skies: the Passenger Pigeon Legacy

Empty Skies: the Passenger Pigeon Legacy
  • Closed
August 23, 2014 to April 12, 2015
  • Level 2


This exhibition is a thought-provoking exploration of the extinction of a species at the time of the ROM’s inception. The Passenger Pigeon (Ectopistes migratorius), known as one of the most abundant species in the world in the 19th century, became extinct only 100 years later as a result of human actions. The last known Passenger Pigeon died on September 1, 1914 in captivity at the Cincinnati Zoo.  The ROM holds the world’s largest collection of Passenger Pigeons, which continues to be used for research today.

The Passenger Pigeon story creates discussion around conservation and the future of our planet, as other species teeter on the brink of extinction.


Empty Skies: Gallery Sneak Peek
Google Hangout: De-Extinction

Centennial Government Partners


OCAF: Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund

Authored by: Cheryl Fraser