The Rooms

9 Bonaventure Avenue
St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador NL  A1C 5P9

Phone: 709-757-8000

The Rooms

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

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" where families came together to process their catch. The Rooms today is also a place to gather: in them, you'll find collections, exhibits and programs that tell our stories and interpret our natural world through art, artifacts, archaeology, architecture and archival records.

The Rooms site itself is of deep historical significance. Almost 250 years before The Rooms rose on the landscape, this was the site of Fort Townshend. The great star-shaped citadel, one of the largest British fortifications in North America at the time, was built to defend Britain's fishing interests. With the withdrawal of the imperial garrison in 1870, the site became the home of the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary and, later, the St. John's Fire Department. On-site interpretation allows visitors to explore this historic past. Careful research and documentation before construction ensured that future study of the site is possible.

The Rooms is also a neighbourhood place. Located in the heart of downtown St. John's, the site is an excellent venue for programs. And it's only footsteps away from historic buildings, green spaces and a lively arts and entertainment scene.

Come for the view. The Rooms offers panoramic vistas of St. John's and its harbour, a multi-level atrium serves as both a gathering place and space for constantly changing exhibits and events. A multi-media theatre, classrooms and artist-in-residence studio emphasize The Rooms' adaptability to many uses and the role in plays in education and outreach. As a centre for research, the Rooms provides access to its permanent collections by appointment. The theatre and corporate boardrooms can be rented for a variety of events.

Immerse yourself in our culture at Newfoundland and Labrador's largest public cultural space. It's the place where it all comes together - our history, heritage and artistic expression. The Rooms unites the Provincial Archives, Art Gallery and Museum

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Parking: Parking Lot

Categories: Art Gallery, Government Organization, Landmark

Hours

Wed: 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thu: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fri: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sun: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm



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Past Events

Dalhousie Coast to Coast: St. John’s 2018

Dalhousie Coast to Coast: St. John’s 2018
06:00 pm - 17 September 2018

At The Rooms

This year, Dalhousie is celebrating its 200th anniversary — a rare and significant milestone. As with any milestone, it provides an opportunity to pause, reflect,...

Intimate Evening with the Atlantic String Quartet

Intimate Evening with the Atlantic String Quartet
08:00 pm - 27 April 2018

At The Rooms

Formed in 1985, the Atlantic String Quartet (ASQ) is a versatile and professional chamber ensemble comprised of the principal string players of the Newfoundland...

Royal St. John’s Regatta 200th Anniversary

Royal St. John’s Regatta 200th Anniversary
02:30 pm - 26 April 2018

At The Rooms

The Rooms welcomes Gail Malone and Charles Cook, past presidents of the Royal St John’s Regatta Committee, for a presentation on the history of the Regatta and...

The Rooms Book Club: Sharon Bala

The Rooms Book Club: Sharon Bala
07:00 pm - 25 April 2018

At The Rooms

Globe and Mail bestseller and 2018 CBC Canada Reads selection The Boat People is an extraordinary novel about a group of refugees who survive a perilous ocean voyage...

Inspired B’y: Printmaking

Inspired B’y: Printmaking
07:00 pm - 20 April 2018

At The Rooms

Join us for an artful evening inspired by printmaking. From David Blackwood’s etchings, to the prolific work created at St. Michael’s Printshop, our province...

Scoff: Senior’s Celebration of Food and Film

Scoff: Senior’s Celebration of Food and Film
02:30 pm - 19 April 2018

At The Rooms

Join us for a special screening of a new video series, SCOFF: Seniors Celebration of Food and Film. This series is an initiative of Food First NL and filmmaker Victoria...

An Evening with Fergus

An Evening with Fergus
07:00 pm - 18 April 2018

At The Rooms

Fergus O’Byrne is widely acclaimed for his musical legacy, as a member of Ryan's Fancy, Tickle Harbour, working a duo with Jim Payne and as a solo artist. Hailing...

Friday Night Jam

Friday Night Jam
07:30 pm - 13 April 2018

At The Rooms

Join Aaron Collis as he hosts The Rooms next Friday Night Jam Session. As a member of local groups The Dardanelles and Rum Ragged, Aaron has performed on stages...

The Arts & Letters: Through The Years

The Arts & Letters: Through The Years
02:30 pm - 12 April 2018

At The Rooms

Since 1951, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador has supported professional and emerging artists with the annual Arts & Letters Awards. These awards have...

Saint-Pierre and Miquelon: Archaeology at Anse à Bertrand

Saint-Pierre and Miquelon: Archaeology at Anse à Bertrand
07:00 pm - 11 April 2018

At The Rooms

The importance of Saint-Pierre and Miquelon in the fisheries organization of Newfoundland and Labrador has often been overlooked by archaeologists. This past summer...

The Adventure of Faustus Bidgood

The Adventure of Faustus Bidgood
07:00 pm - 06 April 2018

At The Rooms

Join us for a special screening of the Newfoundland film classic The Adventure of Faustus Bidgood. Written, produced and directed by Michael Jones & Andy Jones,...

The Adventure of Faustus Bidgood

The Adventure of Faustus Bidgood
07:00 pm - 06 April 2018

At The Rooms

Join us for a special screening of the Newfoundland film classic The Adventure of Faustus Bidgood. Two dates to choose from! Friday, April 6 at 7pm or Sunday April...

Growing Heritage Plants

Growing Heritage Plants
02:30 pm - 05 April 2018

At The Rooms

Spring is just around the corner, and we are excited to be thinking about our gardens. Join Todd Boland, Research Horticulturist from MUN Botanical Garden as he...

The Process Of Prediction: Panel Discussion

The Process Of Prediction: Panel Discussion
07:00 pm - 04 April 2018

At The Rooms

Join exhibited artist Rhonda Pelley for a look at the deck of artful tarot cards she created to read the future of Newfoundland. Pelley will examine her tarot reading...

Easter Week Family Fun

Easter Week Family Fun
01:00 pm - 03 April 2018

At The Rooms

Tuesday, April 3 Fun with Treasure Maps! We’ll have tons of fun as we use brown paper and teabags to create a treasure map the whole family will enjoy. Map your...

Andy Jones

Andy Jones
02:30 pm - 29 March 2018

At The Rooms

Andy Jones engaged with our permanent collection and composed haikus to connect with pairs of artworks. The public responded with more haikus and now Andy revisits...

The Rooms Book Club: Pete Soucy

The Rooms Book Club: Pete Soucy
07:00 pm - 28 March 2018

At The Rooms

Join Pete "Snook" Soucy, our author of the month to discuss his book How Ya Gettin' On? Downtown corner boy Snook has been hanging around, telling yarns, and having...

Movie Night at The Rooms: Wexford Plaza

Movie Night at The Rooms: Wexford Plaza
07:00 pm - 23 March 2018

At The Rooms

Set against the backdrop of a deteriorating strip mall (brilliantly shot by cinematographer Maya Bankovic), Wexford Plaza tells the story of an unexpected sexual...

Hiking Through Time

Hiking Through Time
02:30 pm - 22 March 2018

At The Rooms

Dressed in a tunic and trousers like it was 1612, interpreter Chris Martin hiked around Trinity Bay following in the steps of English explorer Henry Crout. Come...

2017 BMO Winterset Award: Author Readings

2017 BMO Winterset Award: Author Readings
07:00 pm - 21 March 2018

At The Rooms

The 2017 BMO Winterset Award Author Readings features this year’s finalists, as well as an author Q & A facilitated by Winterset founder, Richard Gwyn. Program...

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