dinosaurs

Earliest Memories

Visiting the ROM was probably my first childhood memory, and as far as I know it's what got me hooked on history. From the perspective of a three year old, the place was massive.

Eyes Wide Open

When I first visited the ROM, I was only 7 years old, so that was 6 years ago. I was a child, so I had no idea that things from over 100 years ago, can be preserved. I remember when I saw the dinosaur exhibit.. My eyes were WIDE OPEN.

And There Be Dinosaurs.........

It was the late 80's early 90's and dinosaurs were everywhere. TV shows, cereal boxes, toys - you name it. Most importantly, there was an exhibit at the ROM which coincided with treasures on display from King Tut's tomb.

Hatching Dinosaurs and Hitler's Henchmen

My kids, now almost 3 and 5, have grown up in the ROM.

The ROM Grants a Young Boy's Wish

On August 8, 2013, the ROM was able to participate in making a young boy’s dream come true. Damien was granted his wish of being a palaeontologist for a day!

dinosaur skull silhouette

My First Visit!!!

The year was 1961, I was 10 and in grade 5 (or 6?). At that time our public school, Highview, in Hamilton, had a wonderful man for a Principal, Mr. Howard.

Love at first snap

I was asked to attend the ROM by my then, classmate. He asked me to assist him with his photography equipment while shooting at the museum. He was shooting the large dinosaur by the main entrance.

dino dig with child

Vegetarian Dinosaur

Once while I was facilitating the Dino Dig in the Discovery Gallery I was discussing the Hadrosaur with two children. I asked them what a dinosaur with flat teeth would eat.

What do you call a dinosaur from Alberta?

In the Discovery Gallery one of the main attractions is our Dino Dig, where children can pretend to be paleontologists and dig for dinosaur fossils. One such fossil is the jaw of an Albertosaurus.

drawing of maiasaur

The ROM is "Ours"

For many years, the ROM was our second home. We seemed to be there almost every weekend. As each of our children were born, they were just put in the stroller and off we went. The ROM was a very comfortable place to be.

mosasaur in "old" gallery

Friday Nights

While I was attending the University of Toronto circa 2001-2005 I took advantage of so many free-admission Friday nights.

Keaton Smith in the Dinosaur Gallery

Keaton Smith's ROM Inspiration

Do you ever wonder what happens behind the scenes at the Royal Ontario Museum? In February 2012, my family and I were given a behind-the-scenes tour of the museum by one of the paleontologists who works there.

technician prepares casts for dinosaur gallery

McLuhan and the ROM

Lindsay Sharp tells a Marshall McLuhan story. See also the story "New Technology".

How to Assemble a Dinosaur

This timelapse video shows how fast we had to work to construct the barosaurus in time for opening.

Under Our Noses

This is the story of how a new curator, David Evans, found the amazing barosaurus, which we named Gordo (for the curator, Gord Edmund, who had received it in the 60's). 

portrait of seated man in opulent room

ROM's Champion

The ROM is fortunate that Sir Edmund Walker believed in a museum for Toronto that would be both academic and public. He was able to gather all the stakeholders together so that the initial funding would be 50:50 government and university.

An Old Friend

I have always loved the Museum. I would spend every minute that I could there, sometimes doing my homework in the company of ancient Egyptian Pharaohs or dinosaurs. I loved everything about the museum.

silhouette of dinosaur head

Real Bones

The ROM was the first place that I saw real dinosaur bones.The collections and staff have helped fuel my life longdream of becoming a palaeontologist.

man with dinosaur skeleton

New Galleries

11 new galleries open over three years. The first two are the James and Louise Temerty Galleries of the Age of Dinosaurs and the Reed Gallery of the Age of Mammals. From Bloor Street there are tantalizing glimpses of bones.

Dinomobile Tours the Province

The ROM acquires a new van. Did it visit your town?

girl listening to handheld radio device in gallery

New technology

There are many celebrations for the 50th anniversary.

man standing in front of dinosaur bones

William Swinton, Director, 1962 - 1965

William Elgin Swinton is appointed Director.