Stories

My First Visit!!!

My First Visit!!!

by Gary Skelton

1960s

The year was 1961, I was 10 and in grade 5 (or 6?). At that time our public school, Highview, in Hamilton, had a wonderful man for a Principal, Mr. Howard. This man would, over a period of a few months, load 5 or 6 kids into his brand new 1961 Thunderbird on a Saturday morning, and take us all to...

Record Attendance for 75th Anniversary

Record Attendance for 75th Anniversary

by ROM ReCollects Editor

1980s

1,080,637 people came through the doors this year. One event to celebrate was the publication of The Museum Makers by Lovat Dickson.

Approval to Begin is Secured

Approval to Begin is Secured

by Julia Matthews

1900s

Approval for cost-sharing between the University and the Government of Ontario means that construction can begin.   Edmund Osler who is Chairman of the Conservative caucus twists the Premier’s arm by offering to cover costs himself. He becomes an original Board member and is a faithful donor....

Evolving Governance

by Julia Matthews

1940s

A new Royal Ontario Museum Act increases the size of the Board of Trustees and moves the control and budget entirely to the University of Toronto as a department. There are four discipline museums plus a Division of Extension, which includes Education.

The Sculpture Garden

The Sculpture Garden

by Fred Hainsworth

1970s

The Chinese sculpture, tomb figures, and lions left the building for a garden setting facing Bloor Street. By the time the construction of new galleries began in 1979, plans were to move them indoors. The air pollution was causing noticeable deterioration. Nowadays, the lions are back outdoors and...

The consummate collector from Guyana

by Burton Lim

1970s

About 15 years ago, I got a phone call from the public entrance of the ROM. “Mr. Courtman from Guyana would like to meet somebody from mammalogy,” said the admissions staff at the front desk. I was immediately intrigued by this surprise visitor, if he was who I thought he was. David Courtman...

Campaign for Gallery Development

by Julia Matthews

1980s

Serious fundraising for galleries begins with a target of $40 million. The Royal Terrace Club begins. (It became the Royal Patrons' Circle in 1999)

17th millionth visitor

by Julia Matthews

1960s

Since opening its doors on March 19, 1914, 17 million visitors have walked through the galleries. In a decade, attendance grew by 6 million visitors.

Early Group Photo

Early Group Photo

by ROM ReCollects Editor

1910s

The guards had to dust the displays before opening the museums. Some of the men did double duty because they were skilled glaziers and fine carpenters. All we know of Miss Hand was that she wrote a letter asking to be allowed a lunch break. I am grateful to whoever had the idea of recording this...

A Place of Awe and Reverence

by Alex Hillar

1970s

My childhood recollections of the ROM include entering the magnificent rotunda from the steps on University Ave. As my father paid the admission, my brother and I simply gazed upward at the mosaic on the ceiling in awe. directly behind the admission cashier were the steps leading toward the old...