Gallery Trail: Rocks Rock

A visitor examines a mineral specimen
  • Grades 2 - 12
  • Ages 6-7, 8-10, 11-14, 14+

Welcome to The Teck Suite of Galleries: Earth's Treasures. Rocks and minerals play a huge part in our day-to-day lives. “Organic” things are living things that have grown; everything else is “inorganic.” Everything we use in our daily lives that  is NOT organic has been mined.  Look around these galleries closely – you may be surprised by just how much of your daily life relies on what has been mined.

Work in small groups to explore the galleries and discover just how much we depend on Earth's Treasures.

Museum Guidelines

  • Walk. Do not run.
  • Use indoor voices.
  • Stay with your adult.
  • Make way for ROM educators if they need a space for a lesson.
  • Don't touch objects. Only touch objects that are clearly marked as safe to touch.
  • Don’t rush. Focus your time on the objects that capture your interest and complete what you can within the time you have.
  • Ask questions and have fun!

Fast Facts

Minerals are the components that make up rocks.

Think of the minerals as flour, eggs, butter, sugar, and chocolate chips, and the rocks as the cookies you get after mixing all the ingredients together.

Please Note

Don't touch the rocks and minerals that are not behind glass. The oils in your skin can damage them over time.

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