Stories

"Largest Bequest to a Museum"

"Largest Bequest to a Museum"

by Array Array

1990s

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

School Outreach

School Outreach

by Array Array

1950s

Classes for school children begin in 1933 and continue today.  Lillian Payne, the first teacher, paid for by the Toronto School Board, worked at the ROM for 21 years. Not only did the children come to the ROM- in the 20s, groups from northern Ontario came by train to visit- but also the ROM...

5 millionth visitor

5 millionth visitor

by Array Array

1940s

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

Worlds to Explore

Worlds to Explore

by Array Array

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...

11 millionth visitor

11 millionth visitor

by Array Array

1950s

In just 13 years the ROM more than doubles its total attendance. Since opening its doors on March 19, 1914,  the ROM has welcomed 11 million visitors.

A Tale/Tail

A Tale/Tail

by Array Array

1970s

I used to kill time before U of T evening midterms by visiting the ROM. One evening while in the Natural History exhibit (the stuffed animals) I overheard a young boy ask his mom why the beaver had a flat tail. Mom replied, "That isn't his real tail, it is just the museum's...

Friday Nights

Friday Nights

by Array Array

1990s

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

Into the Heart of Africa

Into the Heart of Africa

by Array Array

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...

Groundbreaking Ceremony

Groundbreaking Ceremony

by Array Array

2000s

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

Dinomobile Tours the Province

by Array Array

1990s

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