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Monthly Archive: December

In Conversation with the Hon. Jean Augustine about “Exploring Black Feminine Identity” at the ROM

Posted: October 13, 2015 - 17:04 , by Silvia Forni
The Honourable Jean Augustine, Fairness Commissioner. Source:

This Sunday, October 18 at 12:30 pm, join a panel of leading Canadian cultural critics as they explore the historical and contemporary constraints that can and have shaped Black female identity in Canada. This event is an opportunity to engage in conversations with leading experts to rethink critically the way history is told and understood not only in the media, but also in the museum itself.

The ROM's Very Own Batman Returns

Posted: October 13, 2015 - 14:00 , by Stacey Kerr
The ROM’s very own ‘Batman’, Assistant Curator of Mammalogy, Dr. Burton Lim with "bat wings" outlined with light in a long exposure photo. Credit: Vincent Luk

ROM Biodiversity (@ROMBiodiversity) was in the fields and forests of Sri Lanka for an intense four weeks between Aug 23 - Sept 19, 2015, completing the first comprehensive survey of bats and other small mammals that live on the island in close to 80 years. 

The Ongoing Mystery of the Franklin Expedition

Posted: October 7, 2015 - 20:41 , by Stacey Kerr
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A photo of massive ice bergs on the ocean in front of a stormy sky. Photo by Jeff Dickie

Guest Blog written by 2015 Environmental Visual Communication student Jeff Dickie

With an excavation recently completed this summer, the mystery of the Franklin Expedition continues... still elusive in her watery grave, what secrets will HMS Erebus finally give up about her ill-fated mission?

ROM Game Jam Space Rocks! Recap

Posted: October 7, 2015 - 11:20 , by Marianne Mader
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ROM Game Jam

Over Game Jam weekend at the ROM, 90 developers learned about the ROM's "Space Rocks" research & collections and programmed, made original music scores, crafted 2D and 3D animations – culminating in original games, made from scratch!

Museum Monday with Melissa - October 6

Posted: October 5, 2015 - 12:24 , by Alyssa McLeod
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Museum Monday with Melissa

Hope everyone had an amazing weekend.  With FNLROM starting off the season and Nuit Blanche !

One of the exciting upcoming events is Masters of Dreams: The French and Swiss Jewellers.  It is taking place  Tuesday, October 6, 2015 from  7:00pm - 9:30pm.

#emptyROM - @stilez

Posted: October 5, 2015 - 09:32 , by Ryan Dodge
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Our last set of #emptyROM photos are IN! @stilez on Twitter and Instagram is a well known Toronto photgrapher and we love it every time he comes to shoot the ROM.

Below are a few photos he shared with us from our first #emptyROM tour on August 19th

#emptyROM - bora.vs.bora

Posted: October 1, 2015 - 15:22 , by Ryan Dodge
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Photo of the Royal Ontario Museum looking east towards the rotunda

New #emptyROM photos from our friend Bora!

Hopping Their Way to Your Heart

Posted: September 29, 2015 - 15:06 , by Stacey Kerr
a toad sits patiently in the hand of a naturalist who holds it out for a young person to explore

Guest Blog written by 2015 Environmental Visual Communication student Lian Jong

Lian sat down with ROM Herpetology technician Amy Lathrop to get some insight into the museum's vast Natural History collections, in particular, its reptiles and amphibians.

Remembering Mr. Francesco Grosso

Posted: September 24, 2015 - 10:28 , by admin
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Many staff, volunteers, and visitors may remember Mr. Francesco Grosso, who was part of ROM life for 45 years as he entertained and captivated young and older audiences at our Queen's Park entrance with his travelling push-cart filled with treasures and treats. Visitors and staff, and more recently their grandchildren, often looked for him and asked after him. We are very sorry to learn of Mr. Grosso's passing last week. 

Blue Whale Update: A Whole Lotta Heart

Posted: September 23, 2015 - 19:22 , by Stacey Kerr
Jacqueline Miller, Robert Henry and Paul Nader putting plugs in the major vessels of the blue whale heart. Photo by Sam Rose Phillips

Guest Blog written by 2015 Environmental Visual Communication student Sam Rose Phillips