Stories

Construction Begins

Construction Begins

by ROM ReCollects Editor

1970s

Admission is $1.50. The renovation begins with the demolition of exhibition hall (and obliteration of any parking spaces). In its place is to be a 9 floor curatorial centre with offices, labs, collections storage, and a purpose built library. It is decided to close the museum for 13 months.

Best. School trip. Ever

Best. School trip. Ever

by Susan Kilpatrick

1970s

School trip circa late 60's. early 70's. School bus pulls up to the front steps full of rambunctious, noisy pre-adolescent kids. I heard nothing as I observed the building in front of me innately knowing it was full of wonder. The entrance, the steps inside & out, the floors and of...

Drawing the Egyptians

by Jennifer Joiner

1960s

One of my best visits to the ROM was in the late 60s when my brother Mark and I went by ourselves by subway at 12 and 10 years old. Being out alone was an adventure. The ROM was familiar to us so we were nothing but happy and content as we moved through our favorite exhibits, especially the mummy...

The Sculpture Garden

The Sculpture Garden

by Fred Hainsworth

1970s

The Chinese sculpture, tomb figures, and lions left the building for a garden setting facing Bloor Street. By the time the construction of new galleries began in 1979, plans were to move them indoors. The air pollution was causing noticeable deterioration. Nowadays, the lions are back outdoors and...

Mr. Snuffleupagus

by Christine Caroppo

1970s

My friend, artist, and teacher, Margaret Ann [Clark] Fecteau told me this story. It is both funny and tragic, and took place, I think, in the late 1970s. The ROM had at that time a gallery on the archaeological periods of Ontario before European contact. Among the dioramas was one depicting the...

My Knight in Shining Armour: A Celebrity Remembers

My Knight in Shining Armour: A Celebrity Remembers

by Jeanne Beker

1960s

I remember as a little girl growing up in Toronto, one of my favourite things to do was to go to the ROM on a Saturday afternoon and gaze at the (invisible) knight in shining armour--that suit conjured up such romantic visions for me! As I grew older, and my love of fashion blossomed, I...

Accessible Galleries: The Discovery Room/Gallery

by Kate Zankowicz

1970s

In July 1977, the ROM’s Discovery Room opened and was billed as a “mini-museum for the blind.” It was called the first gallery of its kind in Canada, a learning environment that emphasized hands-on engagement with original objects and specimens. Visitors crossing the threshold of the gallery...

An Old Friend

An Old Friend

by Rita Cacciotti Attard

1980s

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. When I started working, one of the first things I did was purchase a lifetime membership to the...

Great Influence

Great Influence

by Sherri Molloy

1970s

I am a pagan. I believe in and follow the old gods, most especially the gods of ancient Greece. I believe ALL gods are man-made, from Isis to Zeus to Jesus to Dionysus, but I also believe that we can learn a great deal about the Divine and about Humanity by turning our eyes to the myths and the...

Opening a Radical Room

Opening a Radical Room

by ROM ReCollects Editor

1970s

This video shows the beginnings of the Discovery Room. It became a bigger gallery and then evolved into more hands on spaces in the ROM. Some of these original boxes are still available in the Hands on Biodiversity Gallery, for instance.