Stories

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.

PROM - a New Tradition

by Julia Matthews

2000s

Young Patron's Circle hosts the inaugural party called PROM in the tradition of excellent parties.

Major Exhibitions Begin Again

Major Exhibitions Begin Again

by Julia Matthews

2010s

The new space for blockbusters is tried out.

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.

Partial to Pyramids?

Partial to Pyramids?

by Sarah Kinsey

2000s

The memory is fleeting but it seems to me the gallery that housed the ROM’s mummy Anjau was much more spacious and brightly lit when I first visited him 26 years ago. Or could it be the lens of a 10 year old’s joy which fills the scene with so much light? I was captivated by everything Egyptian...

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.

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.

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.

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.

New Galleries

by Julia Matthews

2000s

10 new galleries open in the heritage buildings.