The RSM’s newest exhibit is Home: Life and the Anthropocene, a gallery that was just opened. This gallery focuses on the relationship between humans and the environment, and the benefits that nature offers.
The Royal Saskatchewan Museum in Regina is home to several exhibits that showcase the province’s history through the eons, from dinosaurs to giant sea creatures to moose to human beings.
The most recent exhibit at the RSM is a new gallery called “Home: Life in the Anthropocene.” This gallery highlights the relationship between people and the environment and the benefits nature provides.
“This is an exciting moment for the Royal Saskatchewan Museum,” said MLA Laura Ross, minister for Parks, Culture and Sport. “We are thrilled to have a new attraction that will draw visitors to our province from far and wide. As Saskatchewan’s provincial museum, the RSM continues to offer new, world-class experiences to its visitors.”
Human activity has affected the planet’s climate and ecosystem during the most recent geological period called the Anthropocene. The gallery offers a dramatic, artistic, and educational experience for all ages regarding climate, biodiversity, species at-risk, and other global trends.
Curated by the RSM’s Dr. Glenn Sutter and designed by the RSM’s John Snell, the Home gallery explores various issues that Saskatchewan and the rest of the world face. Visitors and programs at RSM will be able to explore a new chapter, which focuses on species at-risk and climate effects.
“This new gallery was made possible by the skill and hard work of RSM scientists, educators, artists, designers, exhibits staff, and many construction crews,” Ross said. “It was funded by the province and through donations from the public.”
The gallery will allow visitors to:
- See how humanity is leaving its mark in the geological record
- Get closer to the species currently at-risk in the province
- You can see video displays that show how Saskatchewan connects to global issues
- Learn about the different ways you can connect to nature, especially through music
The exhibit is divided in four areas:
- What is the Anthropocene, and what are its implications? Learn how humans affect the world, current environmental trends, Saskatchewan’s endangered species and what the future might look like
- Human impacts: Where does Saskatchewan fit in the world? This immersive experience will use data from NASA and NOAA, as well as the Science on a Sphere floating planet system to show how humans fit in. It will also reveal what people can do about topics such biodiversity, climate, resources and health.
- Going global: Explore an urban back alley to see how the problems humans face today were created, and the effects they have on society
- A natural solution: Nature can have its limits, but it can also be healing and cyclical. Enjoy a celebration of nature with song and artistry, and learn how to create a better tomorrow.
“The Friends of the Royal Saskatchewan Museum is very excited about the new Home Gallery,” said Andrea Johnson, board president of the Friends of the Royal Saskatchewan Museum. “We want to thank the many individuals, families, organizations and associations who have supported the Friends over the years. These donations allow the Friends to support RSM programs and services, including the development of this exciting new gallery.”