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...
Peter Swann is announced as the next Director. In 1966, he tackles the space issue first. The ROM must expand or choke to death.
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)
This is ROMA, one of two rescue cats who were responsible for rodent control during the 60s. The Museum photographer posed her in the studio. Gladys Wong, a cleaner, brought them from Woodbine Racetrack and fed them as part of her job. They hung out next to the security officers' room in the...
Cuyler Young is appointed Director. He has been a curator, conducting archaeological digs, especially at Godin Tepe.
As a Centennial project (Canada's 100th) Toronto school children raise funds for a protoceratops specimen. Publicity for this project is typical of the new ways of community building.
Improving access to the ROM, hours are extended. The museum is open on Mondays 10 am- 5 pm; Tuesday- Saturday 10 am- 9pm; Sunday 1 pm- 9pm. In Toronto the Good, Sunday openings are still somewhat of a novelty.
There is just one complete study skeleton of the huge Brown Bear (Ursus arctos - also known as the Grizzly or Kodiak bear) in the ROM's mammalogy collection. And I remember vividly when it arrived in 1965. I was a summer student in the ROM's Department of Entomology and...
The new space for blockbuster exhibitions is tested.
The Foundation is established to be responsible for all philanthropic activities in support of the Museum's highest priorities. Nowadays, the office of the ROM Governors is supported by an independent Board which provides leadership in a wide range of activities supporting ROM programs,...