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Take a tour of The Rooms new WW I exhibit with the woman who helped make it happen

CBC's Heather Hiscox was lucky enough to get an advanced tour of the new Royal Newfoundland Regiment Gallery at The Rooms this week by Eleanor Gill Ratcliffe, who donated $3.2-million last year to make the exhibit a reality.

Eleanor Ratcliffe tour

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Eleanor Ratcliffe tours the Rooms 4:57

Canada's largest First World War exhibit will open its doors to the public Saturday, after an unveiling in St. John's Friday that involved Princess Anne. 

The Royal Newfoundland Regiment Gallery officially opened at The Rooms on Friday to honour the service of Newfoundlanders who fought at Beaumont-Hamel. 

Anne toured the gallery during ceremonies to mark the centennial of the conflict. 

Access to the gallery Saturday is free at The Rooms, the provincial museum, archives and art gallery. 

The exhibit which features numerous displays on Newfoundland and Labrador's war history, would likely never have been possible without the contributions of philanthropist Eleanor Gill Ratcliffe.

Ratcliffe donated $3.2-million to the museum to help create the gallery.

$3.2-million donation to help create Canada's largest WW I exhibit

CBC's Heather Hiscox was lucky enough to get an advanced tour of the exhibit this week, provided by Ratcliffe herself.

You can learn about what motivated Ratcliffe to help build the gallery in the video player above.