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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Douglas Coupland: everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything

January 31, 2015 to April 26, 2015
One of Canada's most provocative artists and cultural thinkers questions what our future holds

Toronto Underfoot

October 10, 2014 to May 15, 2015

Do you know what lies beneath your feet? 

Found in more than a dozen tiny pieces, this reconstructed "mini-pot" has incised shoulder decoration typical of Late Woodland period ceramics in Ontario. Some scholars suggest that mini-pots may have been practice pots made by children.

Classroom to Community: A Century of Social Work in Toronto

October 25, 2014 to April 26, 2015

For 100 years, social work has made a significant impact in Toronto

Family Service Toronto opened Bolton Camp in 1922.

That’s a LOT of Fish! 100 YEARS OF COLLECTING

November 01, 2014 to September 13, 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.

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.

Charles Trick Currelly

August 16, 2014 to August 02, 2015

The ROM's first Director of Archaeology.

Portrait of Charles Trick Currelly as a young man.

The First Brush: Paul Kane & Infrared Reflectography

August 23, 2013 to July 05, 2015

Infrared Reflectography reveals the initial drawings and underpaintings of Kane's oil paintings.

 "A Nesperces Indian" by Paul Kane. 1849-1856. Nez Perce, Columbia and Snake rivers region.

100 Years of Collecting

March 19, 2014 to April 05, 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 October 12, 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