Stories

Curator Poses

Curator Poses

by Julia Matthews

2000s

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Major Exhibitions Begin Again

Major Exhibitions Begin Again

by Julia Matthews

2010s

The new space for blockbusters is tried out.

New Galleries

by Julia Matthews

2000s

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.

Groundbeaking Ceremony

by Julia Matthews

2000s

At the groundbreaking for the crystal, Hilary Weston and Michael Lee Chin get to drive.

90th Birthday

90th Birthday

by Julia Matthews

2000s

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 donate $20 million each.

Raising the Last Beam

Raising the Last Beam

by Julia Matthews

2000s

Staff, volunteers, workers, and the architect sign the last steel beam to be put in place.

New Director

New Director

by Julia Matthews

2000s

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.

Architect Chosen

Architect Chosen

by Julia Matthews

2000s

Daniel Libeskind is announced as the architect for the project, following an international search. He sketches his idea on napkins from the ROM's restaurant.

Hilary Weston Leads Campaign

by Julia Matthews

2000s

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.

Lions on the Move (Again!)

by Julia Matthews

2000s

Demolition of the Terrace Galleries reuires that the lions move to the Queen's Park frontage, where they are today.