Eddie Goodman, Chairman of the Board

Robert Barnett, Board Secretary, remembers what Mr. Goodman accomplished during his term as Board Chair.

The Cost of Steel and Other Challenges

William Thorsell talks about some surprises that contributed to the costs of Renaissance ROM.

Funding Renaissance ROM

William Thorsell credits the people and the climate that made the project possible for the ROM and for Toronto. 

Admission Fees Reduced!

In a dramatic move to increase attendance, admission fees are slashed by one third - to much acclaim!

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90th Birthday

A birthday party with cake and balloons is also the chance to announce that the W. Garfield Weston Foundation, and Hilary and Galen Weston will each donate $10 million to Renaissance ROM.

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Hilary Weston Leads Campaign

Hilary Weston leads the fundraising campaign, which will restore the heritage architecture and build "the crystal". She announces a gift of $30 million from Michael Lee Chin, the largest gift to a museum in Canadian history.

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William Thorsell, President and CEO 2000 - 2010

William Thorsell is appointed President and CEO. Soon follows the announcement of the most ambitious renovation yet. The Master Plan costing $200 million is called Renaissance ROM. Here he talks about his arrival at the ROM.

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Friday Nights

Free admission (after 4:30) on Friday nights launches and is a huge success from the start...

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"Largest Bequest to a Museum"

Louise Hawley Stone leaves a $45 million trust fund to support the purchase of artifacts and specimens and to support museum publications.

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Fact? or Fiction?

The launch of what has become a popular annual fundraising event.

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Planetarium Closes

The Planetarium closes with layoffs. There is a public outcry, but attendance has been falling and the equipment is 25 years old. The Director speaks about it as a "low point".

ROM Fact

Admission fees rise

Admission fees jump to $8

Admission fees rise

Admission price rises to $2.50

Terrace Galleries facing Bloor St

Another Reopening

At a cost of $56 million, the ROM is ready to reopen. The public are displeased to find that much of the increased gallery space is empty.

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A New Presence on Queen's Park Crescent

New wing opens at a cost of $1.8m. Staff have their own keys to the new front door and many have a numbered parking space in the courtyard.

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Streamlining, Budget woes, Celebrating

A major organisational change results in three streams: curatorial; education and communication; and administration and facilities. Finance Committee at Queen ‘s Park calls senior managers to explain cost overruns.

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25c Admission

Admission fees rise to 25c. A new exhibition hall opens with “Impact”

Ontario Lottery to Fund Expansion

One of the first new Ontario Lottery draws is held in the ROM to assist with the funds needed for expansion. $10m is to be matched by private fundraising. Some Board Members oppose the use of funds gained by a lottery.

Budget Cuts

Admission rises to $1. Budget cuts mean that ROM closes evenings.