Patrick and Barbara Keenan Family Gallery of Hands-on Biodiversity | Level 2

  • Interactive activities abound.
    Interactive activities abound, with tons of touchable objects and interactive displays.
  • Scamper through the fox's den.
    Little ones can scamper in and through the fox's den, learning how this creature moves in its home environment.
  • Learn about local animals.
    Kids can learn about the animals that live around the world, and the ones in their own back yard!
  • Check out the interactive field camp.
    Check out our interactive camp, designed to give future explorers a feel for being "in the field".
  • A forest display invites visitors to identify local plant and animal species.
    A mixed forest display invites visitors to identify local plant and animal species.

Hands-on discovery for the young…and young at heart.

Mossy frogs, a touchable shark jaw, snake skin, a fox's den and more beckon in a hands-on gallery designed to connect visitors in a fun, family-friendly environment to the amazing variety and interdependence of plants and animals. Touchable specimens, interactive displays, and trained facilitators invite you to actively explore hundreds of specimens that reflect the Museum's collections and research.

New Displays Opening December 26

Make a bee line for the Patrick and Barbara Keenan Family Gallery of Hands-on Biodiversity this holiday season as we unveil the newly renovated Great Lakes Marsh and Carolinian Forest displays. New specimens, touchables, activities, photo-ops, and games await. Come and learn about invasive Asian carps that could threaten our native species and the health of our Great Lakes. Lots new to see and do - just in time for ROM for the Holidays!

About the Gallery


The gallery introduces visitors of all ages to the complex relationships among all living things in a relaxed, interactive environment, while showcasing specimens representing the Museums Natural History collections and research.


Specimens within the gallery originate from locations all over the world.


Some specimens are hundreds of years old, and some are still living!

ROM Staff

Simona Margaritescu, ROM, Big Weekend

Mycology Technician

Mary Burridge

Assistant Curator of Ichthyology

Authored by: Noman Siddiqui