St. John's

Canada



Address:
9 Bonaventure Avenue
Newfoundland and Labrador
A1C 5P9
Phone: (709) 757-8000
Fax: 709-757-8017
Website: www.therooms.ca

The Rooms

Immerse yourself in our culture at Newfoundland and Labrador’s newest public cultural space. It’s the place where it all comes together—our history, heritage and artistic expression. The Rooms unites the Provincial Museum, the Provincial Art Gallery and the Provincial Archives under one roof. A place for people, The Rooms is a portal to the many stories our province has to tell.


Permanent Collection

The Rooms Provincial Archives: The Genealogical Collection is a substantial collection of baptism, marriage and burial records. Most information about one's ancestors are found in the records of places where they lived - where they were born, went to church, married, raised their children, and died.

The Rooms Provincial Museum: Our museum is a study of a place and its many peoples. – over a million artifacts and specimens – each with its own piece of our story to tell.

The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery:
The works presented in this area are drawn from the permanent collections in the care of The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery. These collections are comprised of over 7,000 works, both historical and contemporary, produced primarily by Newfoundland and Labrador artists. As well, the collections hold a number of significant works by Canadian and international artists.


Exhibitions

Soaring into the skyline of historic St. John’s, The Rooms combines twenty-first century technology with a striking visual reference to our past. Its unique design mirrors the “fishing rooms




Cost

Adults
$5
Seniors (60+)
$4
Children (5 and Under)
Free
Children/Youth (6-16)
$3
Students (Valid Student ID) $4

Free Admission
Wednesday nights from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm & the first Saturday of every month

General admission fees do not apply to the Archives. For first time users of the Archives, there is an initial ten dollar fee to obtain a permanent Researcher Registration number.


Opening hours

The Rooms is open on all statutory holidays from 12pm to 5pm except: Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Day, Good Friday, Remembrance Day

June 1st to October 15th
Monday
10am to 5pm
Tuesday
10am to 5pm
Wednesday
10am to 9pm
Thursday
10am to 9pm
Friday
10am to 5pm
Saturday
10am to 5pm
Sunday
12pm to 5pm (archives closed)

October 16th to May 31st
Monday
Closed
Tuesday
10am to 5pm
Wednesday
10am to 9pm
Thursday
10am to 9pm
Friday
10am to 5pm
Saturday
10am to 5pm
Sunday
12pm to 5pm (archives closed)


Getting there

The Rooms
9 Bonaventure Avenue
P.O. Box 1800, Station C
St. John’s, NL,
Canada A1C 5P9

Telephone:
(709) 757-8000
Fax:
(709) 757-8017
E-Mail:
information@therooms.ca


Facilities

Strollers and wheelchairs can be signed out free of charge from the Information Desk.


Museum internal and external photos (1)

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Education

The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery offers programs and resources for grade-school students and teachers (Kindergarten to Grade 12) that enhance, expand, and support the NL school curriculum. Emphasizing the multiple intelligence and constructivist learning theories ensures that our school programs are flexible enough to meet teachers’ requirements in all subject areas.


Groups

Guided Tours
In-gallery tours are inquiry-based discussions of current gallery exhibitions, tailored to suit grade-school student needs. Specific curriculum objectives addressed are not necessarily restricted to Visual Arts only. Every organized tour is free of charge and is supported by hands-on activities conducted in The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery classroom. There is a choice of three tour options. Guided tours are conducted by gallery Animateurs beginning 10 AM, on Tuesdays through Fridays and must be pre-booked two weeks in advance.

Option 1: Single Exhibit Tour- Animateurs customize content for tour discussion and hands-on activity that address a variety of curriculum objectives based on one gallery exhibit.

Duration of Single Exhibit Tour: 1.5 - 2 hours

Option 2: Combination Exhibit Tour- Animateurs customize content for tour discussion and hands-on activity that address a variety of curriculum objectives based on two or more gallery exhibits.

Duration of Combination Exhibit Tour: 2.5 - 3 hours

Option 3: Explore the Elements & Principles of Art and Design- Animateurs lead discussions and hands-on activities exploring artful combinations of line, colour, shape, space, form and texture.
Duration of Elements & Principle Tour: 2 hours


Schools

School Programs

The Rooms Provincial Museum is offering five school programs to the province's elementary students, for the 2005 - 2006 school year.

Each of the programs features videos, guided tours of related exhibits, help with interpretation by the Museum's interpreters and volunteers, and hands-on learning using historical artifacts.

Home and School - Living in the 1900's
This program offers a chance to experience life in Newfoundland and Labrador almost 100 years ago. Students will examine common items found in the homes of that era, work with resource materials used in the old one-room schools, and learn how to hook mats and do the laundry without electricity.

From the Ground Up: Introduction to Archaeology
This program introduces Grade 5 students to the study of archaeology, along with its tools and techniques. It aims to help students to understand how artifacts and sites are used by archaeologists to piece together the past, and to reconstruct the cultures of the people who left them behind. As well, it provides a hands-on experience, using artifacts, to help students gain insights into their own and other cultures.

Flippers, Flukes and Fins
This program introduces students to marine mammals, so they can have a greater appreciation of them. It provides an overview of the physical characteristics and
natural history of whales and seals, and illustrates how each has adapted to the marine environment. As well, it describes the different varieties of seals and whales, and their feeding habits.

The Inuit in Labrador
This program introduces students to the Inuit of Labrador. It illustrates their origins, their settlement patterns, and their trad...+ [ Read all ]