Stories

5 millionth visitor

5 millionth visitor

by ROM ReCollects Editor

1940s

Since the doors officially opened on March 19, 1914,  5 million visitors have walked through the galleries.

Doors Open

Doors Open

by ROM ReCollects Editor

1900s

March 19, 1914 is ROM's official opening day. There were 20 staff members. Hours were 10 am to 5:00 pm. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays were free admission; Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays cost 15c. The day’s events included both a luncheon and a dinner at the York Club nearby, with the...

Walter Tovell, Director, 1973 -1975

Walter Tovell, Director, 1973 -1975

by ROM ReCollects Editor

1970s

Walter Tovell is appointed Director. He had been a curator in the Department of Geology who developed new galleries and was an enthusiastic leader of fieldtrips for kids and grownups. He published books and guides on the geology of Niagara Falls, the Niagara escarpment, and the Great Lakes. He...

Campaign for Gallery Development

Campaign for Gallery Development

by Julia Matthews

1980s

Serious fundraising for galleries begins with a target of $40 million. The Royal Terrace Club is established for donors. (It became the Royal Patrons' Circle in 1999)

"A Special Place in My Heart"

"A Special Place in My Heart"

by Yasser Maniram

2000s

I volunteered for the Summer Club at the ROM in 2008. I had previously travelled there on numerous school field trips, and the Museum has always held a special place in my heart. Sheltering countless artifacts of our past, the ROM truly offers something for everyone. As it approaches this landmark...

ROM's Champion

ROM's Champion

by ROM ReCollects Editor

1910s

The ROM is fortunate that Sir Edmund Walker believed in a museum for Toronto that would be both academic and public. He was able to gather all the stakeholders together so that the initial funding would be 50:50 government and university. As President of the Canadian Bank of Commerce, as well as...

Lindsay Sharp, President and CEO, 1997 - 2000

Lindsay Sharp, President and CEO, 1997 - 2000

by ROM ReCollects Editor

1990s

Lindsay Sharp is appointed. He comes to the ROM from museum experiences in England and in Australia. His title ( a first) is President and CEO. Here he talks about how he was hired.

Institute for Contemporary Culture Established

Institute for Contemporary Culture Established

by Julia Matthews

1980s

The founders of this new initiative had in mind exhibits of photography, but the mandate evolved. Shows were mounted once a year. One early show depicted and analysed teenage tribes. Over the years, the mission has grown to encompass innovative exhibits and public events tackling living societies...

Evolving Governance

Evolving Governance

by ROM ReCollects Editor

1940s

A new Royal Ontario Museum Act increases the size of the Board of Trustees and moves the control and budget entirely to the University of Toronto as a department. There are four discipline museums (Zoology; Palaeontology; Mineralogy & Geology; Archaeology)  plus a Division of Extension, which...

Bill 138:  A home for culture and science

Bill 138: A home for culture and science

by ROM ReCollects Editor

1900s

On April 16, 1912, Bill 138 formally establishing the ROM received Royal Assent to “provide a home for culture and science under the same academical roof”. Press coverage was slight owing to the sinking of the Titanic. There were to be five ROMs, each with a director. The Board of Trustees was...