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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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.

ROM ARTifacts

March 19, 2014 to March 29, 2015

Textile interpretations of some of our most iconic objects

Textile reproduction of a fly.

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.

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

The Entire City Project: Royal Ontario Museum

May 03, 2014 to November 16, 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.

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

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

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"

Sir Edmund Walker and family: Portraits of Patronage

July 12, 2014 to July 14, 2015

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


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.

Empty Skies: the Passenger Pigeon Legacy

August 23, 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.

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.

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.