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Monthly Archive: December

A Model Miniature for Pompeii: The House of the Tragic Poet

Posted: June 30, 2015 - 10:07 , by Kay Sunahara
House of the Tragic Poet, Pompeii, ROM miniature model

Behind-the-Scenes at the Royal Ontario Museum's Pompeii in the Shadow of the Volcano exhibit.

A dusty old model of the House of the Tragic Poet in Pompeii is carefully deconstructed in order to craft a new touchable interactive version to be installed in the Pompeii exhibit.

Bug Hunting with Bed Sheets

Posted: June 25, 2015 - 15:44 , by Nicole Richards
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3 people in silhouette look for insects attracted to a light

What would make a couple of insect-keen naturalists lug a car battery, a mercury vapour lamp and a white bed sheet into a forest around midnight? A BioBlitz of course!

The restudy of the iconic Hallucigenia animal from Burgess Shale

Posted: June 24, 2015 - 13:00 , by admin
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New research published today in the journal Nature describes a newly-discovered 'ring of teeth' in an otherworldly creature from half a billion years ago.  

ROM Style: Asian Inspired

Posted: June 23, 2015 - 08:40 , by admin
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Large and small brass seated Buddha statues.

Visit the ROM Boutique and bring home the treasures of a well-travelled collector.

Museum Monday with Melissa - June 22, 2015

Posted: June 22, 2015 - 11:22 , by Anonymous
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Museum Monday with Melissa

Hope everyone is enjoying the summer so far! Yesterday was the first day - and the longest day of the year. Time to get out and enjoy this beautiful weather. What a perfect time for the Museum to have so much to offer. Whether going with friends, family or a first date, there is something for everyone this week at the ROM.

Pompeii in the Shadow of the Volcano

Posted: June 17, 2015 - 16:07 , by Kay Sunahara
Wine Cup (cantharus) from the House of Menander, Pompeii

A quick collection of impressions from opening weekend festivities for the Pompeii exhibit at the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto. Exhibition runs June 13 2015 - January 3rd 2016.

Tsuu T'ina Jr. Sr. High visits the ROM

Posted: June 17, 2015 - 10:13 , by Arni Brownstone
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Group photo of Tsuu T'ina Jr. Sr. High School students

It came as a surprise yesterday when Marie Menard wrote that she had brought her grade nine class from Tsuu T'ina Jr. Sr. High School all the way to Toronto and would like me to meet with them at the ROM the next day. Today I had the pleasure of meeting these warm and well-mannered students.

Pompeii: In the Shadow of the Volcano Opens with a Bang

Posted: June 16, 2015 - 08:09 , by admin
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Volcano Projection on the Royal Ontario Museum

If you happened to go by the ROM at night last week, you might notice that we were looking quite....volcanic. Over the week, the Michael Lee-Chin Crystal was the canvas for an outdoor activation that featured an animated Mt Vesuvius.  The volcano got more and more active, culminating in an explosive show on Friday night for the opening of Pompeii: In the Shadow of the Volcano.  See it at the ROM until January 3.

Fashion Follows Winning Form

Posted: June 15, 2015 - 15:13 , by admin
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Entrance view of the exhibition Fashion Follows Form

The ROM’s Fashion Follows Form exhibition, which was featured in ROM magazine in the Summer 2014 issue, has won The Richard Martin Exhibition Award, an annual award given by the Costume Society of America.   

How accurate are the dinosaurs in Jurassic Park?

Posted: June 12, 2015 - 12:04 , by admin
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Cineplex speaks to the ROM's own Dr. David Evans, Curator, Vertebrate Palaeontology, to find out.