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Monthly Archive: December

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


Artist Interview: Art and Culture in the Gulf

Posted: September 23, 2015 - 12:16 , by Lexie Buchanan
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Sheikha Hoor Al-Qasimi
The ROM’s Ann Webb interviews Holtby lecturer, Sheikha Hoor Al-Qasimi

ROM in the Field: Bats, Barcoding, and a Baby

Posted: September 8, 2015 - 16:15 , by Stacey Kerr
A tube-nosed bat (Murina cyclotis) in flight. Photo by Vincent Luk

ROM Biodiversity (@ROMBiodiversity) is in the fields and forests of Sri Lanka for an intense four weeks doing the first comprehensive survey of bats and other small mammals in close to 80 years. Follow the South Asian adventure on social media with #ROMSriLanka, and join Burton Lim and the Team LIVE from the field on September 10 at noon:  

Erasing History: Ancient Artifacts Destroyed

Posted: September 1, 2015 - 16:20 , by Sascha Priewe
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Brown ruins against a blue sky

By Clemens Reichel, Sascha Priewe, and Sheeza Sarfraz

It has become a cliché to say that “history is written by the victors,” but rarely does one note that it is not only written, but edited as well. Just as governments massage facts for the evening news and tightly control who speaks with whom when releasing information to the media, the lessons of history are changed and omitted at the pleasure of those holding the reins.

#emptyROM - Jamaal Merrick

Posted: September 1, 2015 - 11:37 , by Ryan Dodge
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Photos by Jamaal Merrick from our first #emptyROM tour

August Rock, Gem, Mineral, Fossil, and Meteorite ID Clinic

Posted: August 27, 2015 - 12:54 , by Katherine Dunnell
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Plesiosaur vertbra

The ROM's August ID clinic had a steady flow of visitors up to the museum closing at 5:30pm.

Museum Monday with Melissa

Posted: August 26, 2015 - 12:35 , by Lexie Buchanan
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Museum Monday with Melissa logo

With summer ending soon, it is something you’ll want to cherish before it is gone.  There is still much to warm up with at the Royal Ontario Museum this week. 

Tyrannosaurus Rex


Take a ROM walk through Cabbagetown North this Wednesday. Just look for the purple ROMwalks Umbrella at the Northeast corner of Parliament and Winchester Streets at 6pm. 

#ROMSriLanka Kicks off Month-long Expedition

Posted: August 21, 2015 - 12:47 , by Stacey Kerr
photo of a an elephant standing in a wetland in Yala National Park in Sri Lanka with jungle and a mountain in the background

Guest blog written by #ROMSriLanka Communication team member Deirdre Leowinata

The ROM’s own Assistant Curator of Mammalogy, Burton Lim, along with his ROM Biodiversity team, are traversing the planet’s surface to reach the small and mysterious country of Sri Lanka between August and September for one purpose and one purpose only… to study the island's small mammals.

Weeks 2 & 3 of #ROMmeme

Posted: August 21, 2015 - 11:37 , by Lexie Buchanan
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We are absolutely LOVING all the memes you guys are sending in for #ROMmeme. It's a beautiful mixture of pop culture references, natural history and ancient world cultures. The perfect trifecta, really.

Here's a selection from the last two weeks featuring many a reference to Mean Girls and, of course, cats. 

Rom meme. 17th century Japanese print of three women. Caption: Straight Outta 17th century Japan.