Stories

Two small girls and two tall totem poles

Two small girls and two tall totem poles

by Elizabeth O'Grady

1970s

When I was growing up, every summer my grandmother would take my sister and me and do the rounds of the Toronto attractions. Ontario Place, the Science Centre, the AGO, the Zoo...every Friday we would go on an outing. (It didn't occur to me until much later that Grandma probably didn't...

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. 

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...

Extended Hours

Extended Hours

by ROM ReCollects Editor

1970s

Improving access to the ROM, hours are extended. The museum is open on Mondays 10 am - 5 pm; Tuesday - Saturday 10 am - 9pm;  Sunday 1 pm - 9pm. In Toronto the Good, Sunday openings are still somewhat of a novelty.

Updating Visitors' First Impresssions

Updating Visitors' First Impresssions

by ROM ReCollects Editor

1970s

During the 70s, there were no big changes to the buildings,  but small touches such as new glass doors, removal of turnstiles, and an information kiosk in the Rotunda were instituted. Outdoors there were display cases and benches. One small new construction contained a cafeteria, a children’s...

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...

A Great Exhibition

A Great Exhibition

by ROM ReCollects Editor

1970s

Exhibition of the Archaeological Finds of the People’s Republic of China is the most successful and profitable show in the Museum’s history. In three months, 435,000 people saw it, and $600,000 was set aside to fund future exhibitions. It also pointed up the crowding and lack of conservation...

17th millionth visitor

17th millionth visitor

by ROM ReCollects Editor

1960s

Following the opening of ROM's doors on March 19, 1914, 17 million visitors have walked through the galleries. In a decade, attendance has grown by 6 million visitors.

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...