Stories

A New Presence on Queen's Park Crescent

A New Presence on Queen's Park Crescent

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1930s

New wing opens at a cost of $1.8m. Staff have their own keys to the new front door and many have a numbered parking space in the courtyard.

New Galleries in Oldest Wing

New Galleries in Oldest Wing

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2000s

Ten new galleries open in the heritage buildings.

Lions on the Move (Again!)

Lions on the Move (Again!)

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2000s

Demolition of the Terrace Galleries requires that the lions move to the Queen's Park frontage, where they may be seen today.

Worlds to Explore

Worlds to Explore

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1990s

This assorted group came from many departments but the at the core were fast-learning librarians and library technicians. No one's job description mentioned the web: it was a volunteer effort. The ROM was a very early adaptor among museums. From the vantage point of twenty years later, it...

5 millionth visitor

5 millionth visitor

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1940s

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

Raising the Last Beam

Raising the Last Beam

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2000s

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

Compare and Contrast

Compare and Contrast

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1960s

These two fisheye lens images make a study in ROM evolution

Groundbreaking Ceremony

Groundbreaking Ceremony

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2000s

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

New Galleries

New Galleries

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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.

17th millionth visitor

17th millionth visitor

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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.