Stories

A Great Exhibition

A Great Exhibition

by ROM ReCollects Editor

1970s

Exhibition of the Archaeological Finds of the People’s Republic of China is the most successful and profitable show in the Museum’s history. In three months, 435,000 people saw it, and $600,000 was set aside to fund future exhibitions. It also pointed up the crowding and lack of conservation...

What Curators Do

What Curators Do

by ROM ReCollects Editor

1960s

Brian Musslewhite joined the ROM as a young man. One of his first tasks was to keep the period rooms clean. They were not glassed in as they are today and there was always debris. The Victorian Room featured a beagle - one of our collection of pets donated by Toronto families - and people...

Alone with the Mummy

by Milton Holmes

1970s

When I was in Grade 5 our class had a trip to the ROM. I had a new cardigan which my mother told me not to wear because I'd probably lose it. I convinced her that I would not, but sure enough, I came home without it. The next day, my mom made me take the Mississauga Transit to the subway and...

Mr. Snuffleupagus

by Christine Caroppo

1970s

My friend, artist, and teacher, Margaret Ann [Clark] Fecteau told me this story. It is both funny and tragic, and took place, I think, in the late 1970s. The ROM had at that time a gallery on the archaeological periods of Ontario before European contact. Among the dioramas was one depicting the...

A sweet memory

by Frances Burton

1970s

A very long time ago now, when my twin girls were little, their favourite treat was to go to the ‘moozzie-zeem’. At the time we lived northeast of Newmarket so the trip was a real excursion. The visit always started with a snack or lunch because you can’t concentrate on what you are seeing if...

Two small girls and two tall totem poles

Two small girls and two tall totem poles

by Elizabeth O'Grady

1970s

When I was growing up, every summer my grandmother would take my sister and me and do the rounds of the Toronto attractions. Ontario Place, the Science Centre, the AGO, the Zoo...every Friday we would go on an outing. (It didn't occur to me until much later that Grandma probably didn't...

Construction Begins

Construction Begins

by ROM ReCollects Editor

1970s

Admission is $1.50. The renovation begins with the demolition of exhibition hall (and obliteration of any parking spaces). In its place is to be a 9 floor curatorial centre with offices, labs, collections storage, and a purpose built library. It is decided to close the museum for 13 months.

Bats We Know and Love

Bats We Know and Love

by Holly Ginsler

1980s

Many things come and go in our lives--our clothes, our exercise routines, our favourite TV shows-- but the ROM will always be a part of my life. There were bursting bus school trips in the late 1960s and 1970s. There were lone trips in the early 1980s seeking an escape from an overwhelming...

My Knight in Shining Armour: A Celebrity Remembers

My Knight in Shining Armour: A Celebrity Remembers

by Jeanne Beker

1960s

I remember as a little girl growing up in Toronto, one of my favourite things to do was to go to the ROM on a Saturday afternoon and gaze at the (invisible) knight in shining armour--that suit conjured up such romantic visions for me! As I grew older, and my love of fashion blossomed, I...

Accessible Galleries: The Discovery Room/Gallery

by Kate Zankowicz

1970s

In July 1977, the ROM’s Discovery Room opened and was billed as a “mini-museum for the blind.” It was called the first gallery of its kind in Canada, a learning environment that emphasized hands-on engagement with original objects and specimens. Visitors crossing the threshold of the gallery...