Mummy movers express.
Full disclosure: This is a plaster mock up our campers had made previously. It’s built with chicken wire and plaster, then painted. Perhaps one of Summer Club’s great art projects, and one that has lasted for years. We put it on display for special events, like this one, Ancient Egypt Weekend.
RIGHT NOW at the Royal Ontario Museum, you can walk on the Moon!
A piece of the moon brought down during one of the Apollo missions, is now on display at the Museum. It’s been put in a wonderful platform for you to walk on.
So you can tell your all your friends you’re one of the few to have ever walked on the moon. #the wittiest thing we’ve ever done
Remember! We also have the Moon on display year around, as well as meteorites from Mars!
To get ready for Early Life Weekend, I took a trip up to the Royal Ontario Museum’s palaeontology department and hung out with Dave Rudkin.
Dave Rudkin is the Assistant Curator of Invertebrate Palaeontology at the ROM and a truly great guy. Dave’s been busy preparing for the Gallery of Early Life, a permanent gallery opening in 2014, but he still found time to show me around the invertebrate palaeontology collections.
What I like most about Dave is that he always has time to support children’s programming, whether it’s to lend a few objects for a weekend, or just chat about palaeontology. His energy is infectious and he loves trilobites SO MUCH.
As all y’all know, I LOVE dinosaurs, and have spent a ton of time up in vertebrate palaeontology collection (of which you can see a few photos of here), but I’ve have had merely a glimpse of the workings of the invertebrate side.
This photo set features all sorts of animals from BEFORE the dinosaurs, the time when life first evolved on Earth. The ROM is a world leader in research on first life, specifically from the Burgess Shale site, so we have an absolutely PACKED collections room full of prehistoric treasures.
Preserved fabric made by Canadian First Peoples.
Material doesn’t often preserve well in the archaeological record. (and in glass doesn’t photo well), but the fabric can tell us so much, like a date, type of material, where it’s from, how clothing was made, etc. An incredible find.