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Monthly Archive: December

Premier Kathleen Wynne visits the Schad Gallery of Biodiversity

Posted: November 24, 2015 - 16:19 , by Lexie Buchanan
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Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Dave Ireland in the Schad Gallery of Biodiversity at the ROM

On Tuesday, November 24, Premier Kathleen Wynne visited the Royal Ontario Museum to announce the new Ontario Provincial Climate Change Strategy

Mark Engstrom, Director and CEO of the ROM, Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario and Dave Ireland, Managing Director of ROM Centre of Discover of Biodiversity. Photo credit: Jenna Muirhead-Gould

WPY - The Proof is in the Picture

Posted: November 20, 2015 - 14:10 , by Stacey Kerr
“Tundra Buggy and Sun Dog” Don Gutoski’s snowy view on a photography adventure in Cape Churchill, Manitoba.

Guest Blog written by Environmental Visual Communication student Kendra Marjerrison

For some wildlife photographers, a kill shot is the ultimate goal. It creates compelling photographs that highlight moments people don’t often get to see. For others, it’s a difficult scene to witness from behind the lens. Don, the 2015 Wildlife Photographer of the Year, had no idea that the predatory behaviour captured in the photograph he took on the last day of his northern adventure would be more than just an interesting shot. It’s a powerful story about what can happen when the Earth becomes warmer and two competing predators, the red fox and the Arctic fox, are driven to cross paths...


Nature Stories through Photography: Insights from Connor Stefanison

Posted: November 17, 2015 - 13:33 , by Stacey Kerr
Connor Stefanison at the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition at Natural History Museum, UK

Guest Blog written by Environmental Visual Communication student Sean de Francia

Connor Stefanison is this year’s recipient of the Rising Star Portfolio Award, given to outstanding photographers 18-25 for images that will be featured at the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibit. He was also awarded the Eric Hosking Portfolio Award in 2013. Here he shares his insights into producing powerful narratives through nature and wildlife photography.

Weekend at the Museum: A Community Affair

Posted: November 16, 2015 - 13:21 , by Jaclyn Qua-Hiansen
Teenage boy reads the ROM MagnusCards on a smartphone held by his mother

A Guest Post by Christa Sawyer, Community Events Supervisor, Autism Ontario

New to ROM: Tiger Claw Necklace

Posted: November 16, 2015 - 11:56 , by Deepali Dewan
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Hunting trophy. Victorian jewelry. Conservation symbol.

ROM wins Ontario’s Accessible Tourism Award

Posted: November 11, 2015 - 14:18 , by Cheryl Blackman
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Cheryl Blackman, ROM Assistant Vice President, Audience, and Heather Hiscox, CBC News anchor and Awards Gala emcee

The ROM is proud to announce that we have been honoured with Ontario’s Accessible Tourism Award at the 2015 Ontario Tourism Awards of Excellence. Creating access at the ROM is a journey which our Museum has embraced, and this recognition is a great testament to our direction.

Martians among us

Posted: November 11, 2015 - 10:12 , by Ian Nicklin
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Mars Meteorites

With the announcement of three new Martian Meteorites in the ROM’s planetary science collection, recent evidence of flowing water on Mars, and of course, the success of the Hollywood movie “The Martian”, it seems fitting to sit down and take a closer look at the Red Planet.

Good Over Evil: Diwali, Festival of Lights

Posted: November 10, 2015 - 15:30 , by admin
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Illustration of a lantern.

Diwali is celebrated by over one billion Hindus, Sikhs, and Jains (and their friends!) in South Asia and among the South Asian Diaspora; it is an official holiday in: Fiji, Guyana, India, Mauritius, Malaysia, Nepal, Singapore, Suriname, Sri Lanka, and Trinidad and Tobago!  Popularly and affectionately known as the ‘festival of lights,’ at Diwali it is customary to light diyas--small lamps--before the darkness of night approaches. Brass or other beautiful lamps will be lit inside the home and placed in each room. The outside of the home is lit aglow with humble clay lamps numbering in the dozens if not hundreds to form beautiful and often elaborate patterns.

The Legacy of Pompeii

Posted: November 10, 2015 - 12:57 , by Sascha Priewe
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Getty Villa antiquities curator Kenneth Lapatin talks about the themes of his upcoming lecture “The Enduring Legacy of Rome” at the ROM on November 17.      

#emptyROM - Katherine Ridgley, KMR Photography

Posted: November 10, 2015 - 12:46 , by Ryan Dodge
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Image of a visitor taking a photo on a smartphone

/Photos from our second #emptyROM tour on October 28th, 2015