- 1933 - 1968
Ruth M. Home developed the education department at the Royal Ontario Museum from 1928-1945. She was an important figure in the history of the museum, and more broadly, in the history of museum-based education in the province. She developed programming that was geared towards what were then considered women’s interests, and also worked to connect the museum to schoolchildren,teachers and communities with her "Museum Days." This initiative included partnerships with railway and bus lines to bring in surrounding communities, During her career at the ROM, she founded many of the educational programs that have since become the signature of public programming. These include Open Evenings on Friday nights, lectures and film series, outreach visits to schools, hands-on weekend and summer programming that centered on experiential learning, as well as the first gallery geared specifically to children, the Children's Room. Although she was posthumously acknowledged as one of the first curators in Ontario, her work to make museums more accessible through educational programming has received little recognition.