Stories

Friday Nights

by Julia Matthews

1990s

Free admission (after 4:30) on Friday nights launches and is a huge success from the start...

Remember the Popcorn Vendor?

Remember the Popcorn Vendor?

by ROM ReCollects Editor

1980s

We liked this scene so  much that we commissioned a poster

"Largest Bequest to a Museum"

"Largest Bequest to a Museum"

by ROM ReCollects Editor

1990s

Louise Hawley Stone leaves a $45 million trust fund to support the purchase of artifacts and specimens and to support museum publications.

Into the Heart of Africa

Into the Heart of Africa

by ROM ReCollects Editor

1980s

The exhibition opens in November with good attendance at the public programs. Early in the next year, protests begin and escalate. ROM changes the process by which exhibitions are proposed and approved. Full text of the catalogue may be found at...

Dinomobile Tours the Province

by ROM ReCollects Editor

1990s

The ROM acquires a new van. Did it visit your town?

New Director

New Director

by Julia Matthews

1990s

John McNeill is appointed Director. He has been the Associate Director, Curatorial.

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)

An Important Benefactor

by Julia Matthews

1990s

Louise Hawley Stone donates $2 million to endow a permanent curatorial position, a chair in Far Eastern Art named for her. (In 2013 there are 8 endowed curatorships)

New Director

New Director

by Julia Matthews

1990s

Lindasy Sharp is appointed. He comes to the ROM from Australia and is a museum man. His title is President and CEO.

Lions on the Move

Lions on the Move

by ROM ReCollects Editor

1980s

After arriving in Toronto and presiding over a special gallery, for a few years, the lions watched over Bloor Street. Then they went indoors again and within a few years found a place outdoors, where they wear special coats in winter.