TORONTO, October 3, 2017 — The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) today announced the launch of its digital collection, an online presentation of objects from the Museum’s encyclopedic collection of art, culture and nature. This new digital initiative gives audiences greater access to the Museum’s collections and the opportunity to explore, discover and research its digitized collection at any time of day, and from anywhere in the world. Featuring 10,000 digitized objects, the online collection will grow to 80,000 by the year 2022.
Through the Museum’s searchable online database, users – from students and educators, to scholars, artists and families -- can search for specific objects, view images, and create and share their own personal collections. The database can be conveniently searched by keyword, location, timeline or subject area, giving audiences access to thousands of objects, including pieces that are not currently on display in the galleries. The breadth and depth of the online collection will grow and evolve as the Museum’s team of photographers continue to catalogue the ROM’s extensive collection, and as new objects are acquired.
The launch of the Museum’s digital online collection expands the Museum’s reach beyond its physical space and reflects the ROM’s commitment to serve the needs of 21st century audiences. To experience this unique digital experience and the ROM’s collection like never before, visit collections.rom.on.ca.
This project was made possible through the generous support of Nancy and Jon Love.
Amanda Fruci, Communications Manager
ABOUT THE ROM
Opened in 1914, the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) showcases art, culture, and nature from around the globe and across the ages. One of North America's most renowned cultural institutions, Canada's largest museum is home to a world-class collection of more than six million objects and specimens, featured in 40 gallery and exhibition spaces. As the country’s preeminent field research institute and an international leader in new and original findings in biodiversity, palaeontology, earth sciences, the visual arts, material culture and archaeology, the ROM plays a vital role in advancing our global understanding of the artistic, cultural and natural world. The Renaissance ROM expansion project (2007) merged the iconic architectural heritage of the original building with the Studio Daniel Libeskind-designed Michael Lee-Chin Crystal. A distinctive new symbol of Toronto for the 21st century, the Crystal marked the beginning of a new era for the ROM as the country's premier cultural and social destination.