The ROM celebrates its Centennial with The Welcome Project

The Welcome Project is a significant priority and exciting legacy project of the ROM’s Love the ROM Centennial Campaign. It will offer many benefits to the City and its residents, and create additional opportunities for the Museum to connect and engage visitors with its world-renowned collections and internationally respected curators. Designed by acclaimed Toronto architectural firm, Hariri Pontarini, the new outdoor space will include the plaza area from Philosopher’s Walk east along Bloor Street West to the corner of Queen’s Park. This dynamic urban greening project will provide the neighbourhood with beautiful biodiversity gardens, and outdoor public programming via its open-air performance space. 

A community Town Hall was at the ROM on May 12th with many of our neighbours. Stay tuned to this space for regular updates as the project unfolds. We look forward to welcoming you at the ROM.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How will The Welcome Project be funded?
The ROM’s Welcome Project will be funded by philanthropic support from the Love the ROM Centennial Campaign, which launched on March 19, 2014 with the goal to raise $15 million to support four Centennial legacy projects:

  1. The ROM’s Welcome Project -- A lively and convivial urban green space that will revitalize an iconic corner of the City.
  2. An extraordinary Gallery of Early Life for the 21st century.
  3. An essential Programming Fund to animate ROM Centres of Discovery with programming and events.
  4. An innovative Director’s Fund to enhance the ROM for future generations.

2. When will work on The Welcome Project start, and how long is it expected to take? Will it impact traffic on Bloor Street?
The Welcome Project is expected to start in spring of 2015 and will take approximately eight months to complete; traffic on Bloor Street might be impacted on occasion.

3. Do you have plans to improve signage to the ROM from the TTC and other access points?
Yes, the Welcome Project includes adding large signage on both Queen’s Park and Bloor Street to help visitors find their way to the Museum’s front entrance. 

4. How will you ensure that the new amphitheatre area is safe and secure?
The ROM will work with the City of Toronto, as well as its own security team to monitor the amphitheatre area.

5. How was the successful architect firm for The Welcome Project selected?
The Architectural firm of Hariri Pontarini Architects was selected through an invited RFP process.

6. Where can I get more details about The Welcome Project? 
 Stay tuned to this space for regular updates as the project unfolds.

7. How can I participate/support?
You can show your support online at the Love the ROM website.

8. Can community groups use/rent the amphitheatre area?
This amphitheatre area will be used for ROM programming, events and activities. The area is also being created as a convivial gathering space which we hope the community will use and enjoy.