Stories

First Visit to ROM

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2000s

My husband, Rick, and I have made several trips to Toronto and we always stayed at the Inter-Continental Hotel on Bloor Street. On Saturday, January 19, 2002, we had a very slow Saturday morning and Rick had decided to go back to the hotel and watch a golf tournament on television. I made one of...

Tactile Tours

Tactile Tours

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1960s

Two unnamed women are carefully running their fingers around the rim of a lion’s mouth. It’s a ceramic Wedgwood ornament from the nineteenth century. They are in a study room, presumably a behind-the-scenes curatorial space at the museum. A volunteer instructor stands behind them, watching...

My First Visit

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1990s

My first visit to the ROM was in 1996. I came here as a grad student and the ROM was the first on my "must visit" list. I kept hearing, "They have a great Chinese collection!" I went, and I was wowed! I have never seen such a such a rich, exquisite, collection of porcelain,...

Meeting the Makers of Bollywood Art

Meeting the Makers of Bollywood Art

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2010s

When working in a museum, we do not often get the chance to meet the people who created the pieces in the collection or see these objects being made. Almost three years ago, however, I was lucky that I was asked to act as the ROM’s host for Suresh and Sushant Sandal, two Bollywood billboard...

Undeceived

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1990s

  In 1992 there was a competition for Toronto teachers to be seconded to the ROM's Education Department. I made it to the final three, finished my interview, and went home to wait over the weekend for the decision. My wife rented a film so we could relax on Friday night. When the opening...

First Trip to the ROM

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1990s

I visited the ROM for the first time with my second grade class, and was in awe from the time I walked in to the time we left. From the bat cave, that scared me to death and still does to some extent, to the Medieval exhibit, to the Egyptian exhibit and the visiting exhibits from all over the world...

Recollections of the Conservation Department

Recollections of the Conservation Department

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1970s

For two summers, as a university student in Art History, I worked in the Conservation Department as an assistant to Susan Richardson. Essentially my job was typing. I typed treatment reports for each artifact that received expert care in the department. In those days, the reports were typed on card...

Keaton Smith's ROM Inspiration

Keaton Smith's ROM Inspiration

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2010s

Do you ever wonder what happens behind the scenes at the Royal Ontario Museum? In February 2012, my family and I were given a behind-the-scenes tour of the museum by one of the paleontologists who works there. Our guide showed us two of the labs in which he worked, both contained countless fossils....

Planetarium Closes

Planetarium Closes

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1990s

The Planetarium closes with layoffs. There is a public outcry, but attendance has been falling and the equipment is 25 years old. The Director speaks about it as a "low point".

Ruth Home

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1930s

Ruth M. Home developed the education department at the Royal Ontario Museum from 1928-1945. She was an important figure in the history of the museum, and more broadly, in the history of museum-based education in the province. She developed programming that was geared towards what were then...