Willner Madge Gallery, Dawn of Life Preview

Willner Madge Gallery, Dawn of Life Preview
  • Now Open
September 23, 2015 to September 23, 2019
  • Level 2, Rotunda
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The Exhibition

Opening 2021

In anticipation of the future Willner Madge Gallery, Dawn of Life, which will be home to the ROM’s world-renowned collection of Burgess Shale specimens, the Museum has 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 Willner Madge Gallery, Dawn of Life, and will be a unique experience for visitors. The Willner Madge Gallery, Dawn of Life will illustrate the epic story of life’s origins with a spectacular range of scientifically important specimens originating from Ontario and across Canada. In addition to specimens from the renowned Burgess Shale in Yoho and Kootenay national parks (British Columbia), the Will Madge Gallery will feature specimens from other Canadian UNESCO World Heritage Sites including Joggins Fossil Cliffs (Nova Scotia), Mistaken Point (Newfoundland and Labrador) and Miguasha National Park (Quebec).

Read more about the Willner Madge Gallery.

Exhibition Highlights

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 the ROM’s Dr. Jean-Bernard Caron, Richard M. Ivey Curator, Invertebrate Palaeontology.