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Monthly Archive: December

Is Burton Pipistrelle a Budding Superhero?

Posted: October 26, 2011 - 16:04 , by admin

Cover image of "Burton and Isabelle Pipistrelle out of the bat cave"

Burton & Isabelle Pipistrelle out of the bat cave, by Denise Dias, Illustrated by Tara Winterhalt

Contest: How much do you know about the War of 1812?

Posted: October 21, 2011 - 10:31 , by admin
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Submitted by Liz Muir, volunteer with the Friends of Canadian Collections (FCC).

Almost 200 years ago, war broke out between the United States and Canada, which was still part of the British Empire at the time. That conflict became know as the War of 1812.

Sneak Peek: Recreating Ancient Mayan Architectural Facades

Posted: October 20, 2011 - 12:19 , by admin

Here at the ROM, a project team is hard at work bringing Maya: Secrets of their Ancient World to life. The exhibition opens November 19, but ROM staff have been immersed in the project for well over a year!

Emilio Genovese, ROM Exhibit Designer, is a key member of the project team. Today he is working with an artist to finalize large graphic murals that will appear throughout the exhibition. We asked him to answer a few questions about the murals and tell us a little more about his role on the exhibition project team.

LIVE: David Hockney in Conversation with Charlie Scheips

Posted: October 19, 2011 - 16:03 , by Laura Comerford
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Keeps your eyes here. At 7 pm we’ll be chatting with David Hockney about his drawings on the iPhone and iPad.

October 21 2:35. pm

A big apology to everyone who was following our Live Blog of David Hockney in conversation iwth Charlie Scheips.  We experienced some technical difficulties that evening, but are back up and running!

We did catch the whole conversation on tape and will make it up to you with a Vlog of everything you missed.  Coming soon!

@janetcarding Tweeting from the Top

Posted: October 17, 2011 - 09:00 , by Janet Carding
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This article was originally published on UNMUSEUM on September 27, 2011. You can follow Janet on Twitter @janetcarding.

The Bee Contest Winner Visits the ROM!

Posted: October 15, 2011 - 14:30 , by Sarah Elliott

I love sharing the cool secrets of the ROM with visitors, so it really made my day when our Name the Queen Bee Contest winner Kaitlyn visited the ROM with her mom and her brother Kynan (who also happened to be our third place winner). I got to show them around the Keenan Family Gallery of Hands-on Biodiversity and Life in Crisis: Schad Gallery of Biodiversity, as well as introduce them to a few special friends of mine who live behind-the-scenes at the ROM.

Sneak Peek of a Virtual Gallery Visit

Posted: October 13, 2011 - 16:09 , by admin

By Brian Boyle, ROM Senior Photgrapher.

In celebration of Dinomania! this weekend, we wanted to share details about a new technique we are experimenting with in the photo studio.  Recently, I began to explore how the ROM could use emerging technologies to provide virtual tours of our galleries (if you haven’t already heard about the Google Art Project, take a look!)

Burton and Isabelle Pipistrelle are out of the Bat Cave and on Book Shelves!

Posted: October 12, 2011 - 10:54 , by admin

Imagine you were a Pipistrelle Bat living in the ROM’s bat cave and one night, when all the lights went out, you snuck out of the cave to explore the wonderful galleries of the Museum. What would you want to see? Where would you go first?

Need a little help boosting your imagination? Check out the ROM’s very first children’s book – Burton and Isabelle Pipistrelle: Out of the Bat Cave.

The Butterflies of Toronto

Posted: October 5, 2011 - 13:38 , by admin
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To educate and foster appreciation for these much-loved colourful insects, the City of Toronto, in partnership with the ROM and Livegreen Toronto, has published a new book, Butterflies of Toronto: A Guide to their Remarkable World. With hundreds of full-colour photographs, this new publication shares the local history of butterflies and details on where they live in Toronto. It is part of a Biodiversity Series being produced by the City to commemorate the Year of Biodiversity 2010.

How Do I Identify a Space Rock?

Posted: October 3, 2011 - 12:06 , by Ian Nicklin
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Originally published in ROM Magazine, Fall 2010.

I found a blackened rock that I think might be a meteorite. How can I tell for sure?