ROM100: Share the Wonder

On a blustery day in March 1914, the ROM opened its doors for the very first time. Royal representatives and other dignitaries were joined by thousands of curious members of the public as they flooded into this impressive new edifice. It was a momentous occasion, for the city, the province, and the country.

Now, exactly 100 years later, we are doing it again. We will be throwing open the doors to VIPs, supporters, members, and—of course—the public to kick off a year of celebrations and special events that illustrate the changing ways the ROM connects visitors to their world and to each other.

Here is a sample of the programming, events, and activities you can expect over the next year. Be sure to check our website often as we will be adding more events as the celebrations unfold!

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Exhibition

Paul Kane Exhibition

August 23, 2013 to January 25, 2015

This display explores the symbiotic relationship between art history and archaeology through the works of Paul Kane.

Painting of river rapids. French River Rapids by Paul Kane, 1849–1856. Oil on canvas. ROM 912.1.2; Gift of Sir Edmund Osler.
Exhibition

The Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China's Emperors

March 08, 2014 to September 01, 2014

Presented by The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation; Lead Sponsor Manulife

On now for a limited time

The Forbidden City exhibition image
Exhibition

ROM ARTifacts

March 19, 2014 to March 29, 2015

Textile interpretations of some of our most iconic objects

Textile reproduction of a fly.
Exhibition

100 Years of Collecting

March 19, 2014 to March 29, 2015

Celebrating a century of collecting at the Royal Ontario Museum.

Detail of illustrated manuscript.
Exhibition

Around 1914: Design in a New Age

March 29, 2014 to March 21, 2015

Explore a pivotal period of innovation and experimentation.

"The Peacock Skirt", Plate V from "Salome" by Oscar Wilde (English, 1854-1900) Aubrey Vincent Beardsley (English, 1872 –1898) Lithograph printed on wove paper London, England 1894 Gift of Sir William C.C Van Horne 946x97.7.5
Exhibition

The Entire City Project: Royal Ontario Museum

May 03, 2014 to September 28, 2014

Explore every linear foot of the ROM, revealed like never before, in this intriguing exhibition.

Photo exploration of the Royal Ontario Museum created by Michael Awad.
Event

#FNLROM: Strictly Forbidden

May 30, 2014

It's BACK! ROM Friday Night Live returns with a BANG! We're got the best Eats, Beats, and Bigger, Bolder Experiences.

ROM Friday Night Live, presented by Ford. Every Friday May 2 - June 27.  Expect the Unexpected.  Dance, Drink and Explore.
Exhibition

Collecting Asia: The First 50 Years, 1908 – 1958

June 14, 2014 to March 29, 2015

An exploration into some of the founding donors who helped build the ROM’s Asian Collections and foster our long standing relationship with cultural China.

Luohan Figure (glazed earthenware), Lio - Jin Dynasty, China, 11th century
Event

#FNLROM: Beats

June 06, 2014

It's BACK! ROM Friday Night Live returns with a BANG! We're got the best Eats, Beats, and Bigger, Bolder Experiences.

ROM Friday Night Live, presented by Ford. Every Friday May 2 - June 27.  Expect the Unexpected.  Dance, Drink and Explore.
Event

#FNLROM: Indigenous NOW

June 13, 2014

It's BACK! ROM Friday Night Live returns with a BANG! We're got the best Eats, Beats, and Bigger, Bolder Experiences.

ROM Friday Night Live, presented by Ford. Every Friday May 2 - June 27.  Expect the Unexpected.  Dance, Drink and Explore.
Event

#FNLROM: Sun BURN

June 20, 2014

It's BACK! ROM Friday Night Live returns with a BANG! We're got the best Eats, Beats, and Bigger, Bolder Experiences.

ROM Friday Night Live, presented by Ford. Every Friday May 2 - June 27.  Expect the Unexpected.  Dance, Drink and Explore.
Exhibition

Cairo Under Wraps: Early Islamic Textiles

June 21, 2014 to January 25, 2015

A rare glimpse at archaeological textiles and costumes.

Ancient textile with inscription "Victory from Allah to the servant of Allah"
Exhibition

Fashion Follows Form: Designs for Sitting

June 21, 2014 to January 25, 2015

Izzy Camillieri and the ROM turn clothing design on its head as we explore fashion inspired by function.

Fashion Follows Form: Designs for Sitting
Event

#FNLROM: ROM Proud

June 27, 2014
For Friday June 27, early-bird tickets have flown, but lots of tickets will be sold at the door starting at 7 pm on the night. Arrive early - space is limited!
 
ROM Friday Night Live, presented by Ford. Every Friday May 2 - June 27.  Expect the Unexpected.  Dance, Drink and Explore.
Exhibition

The Walker Portraits

July 12, 2014

See portraits of Sir Edmund, the ROM's first chairman, and his wife, Lady Walker.

Exhibition

Charles Trick Currelly

August 16, 2014 to February 16, 2015

The ROM's first Director of Archaeology.

Portrait of Charles Trick Currelly as a young man.
Exhibition

Passenger Pigeons: From Abundant to None

August 30, 2014 to April 12, 2015

A thought provoking exploration of the demise of one of the most abundant species in the world, the year the ROM opened its doors.

Mounted Passenger Pigeons.
Event

55 Years of Volunteering at the ROM

September 19, 2014

Patricia Harris shares 55 years of volunteering at the Royal Ontario Museum.  The Patricia Harris Gallery of Textiles & Costume opened at the ROM in 2008.

 

 

Exhibition

Ichthyology Catalogues 100,000th Lot

October 04, 2014 to April 12, 2015

See some of the oldest and rarest specimens from the ROM's Ichthyology collection and celebrate a milestone with the cataloging of the ROM's 100,000th fish.

Fish specimen on white background.
Event

Hellenic Heritage Day

October 25, 2014

Celebrate Hellenic culture and heritage with a full day of live music and dance performances, shopping, dining and more!

Join us for Hellenic Heritage Day!
Event

The Future of Museums Weekend

March 14, 2015 to March 15, 2015

Examine the role museums play in our ever changing cultural landscape and their position in the future.