Stories

Institute for Contemporary Culture Established

Institute for Contemporary Culture Established

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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...

Canadiana Building

Canadiana Building

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1950s

Sigmund Samuel, who has been an important donor as well as a collector in his own right, pays for a building to house the fine and decorative art and rare books that he has donated, as well as the provincial archives. This building remains as a second ROM location until very recently and shows up...

Love at the ROM

Love at the ROM

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2010s

Emily and Kyle met in line with hundreds of others at the architectural opening of the ROM’s crystal June 2nd 2007.  The line was long and they stood for 2 hours talking as they waited to see the new ROM.  A lot can happen in 2 hours! It was appropriate that almost six years later, June 24th...

Updating Visitors' First Impresssions

Updating Visitors' First Impresssions

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1970s

During the 70s, there were no big changes to the buildings,  but small touches such as new glass doors, removal of turnstiles, and an information kiosk in the Rotunda were instituted. Outdoors there were display cases and benches. One small new construction contained a cafeteria, a children’s...

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.

Free Rein

Free Rein

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1960s

My first experience with the ROM was in the mid 60’s when my brother and I participated in the Saturday Morning Club.  What is interesting is I have no recollection of adults being part of our experience.  I remember having free rein of the museum galleries and it being simply great.  Now.. I...

A Wonderful Gift

A Wonderful Gift

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1990s

Herman Hertzog Levy leaves $15 million for the purchase of Chinese bronzes, jades, ceramics, and sculpture. He has already donated many marvellous objects from his own collections. One interesting proviso is that the funds must be spent within 5 years, and so the curators he trusted are able to bid...

A Tale/Tail

A Tale/Tail

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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...

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.

An Old Friend

An Old Friend

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1980s

I have always loved the Museum. I would spend every minute that I could there, sometimes doing my homework in the company of ancient Egyptian Pharaohs or dinosaurs. I loved everything about the museum. When I started working, one of the first things I did was purchase a lifetime membership to the...