Stories

First Disability History Exhibit at the ROM

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2000s

On April 17, 2008 the ROM opened the museum's first exhibit that dealt with disability history in Canada, Out from Under: Disability, History and Things to Remember was curated by three faculty members from Ryerson University's School of Disability Studies....

Theodore A. Heinrich, Director, 1955-1962

Theodore A. Heinrich, Director, 1955-1962

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1950s

Theodore Heinrich is appointed Director, the first for a single ROM. He has come from New York and is a novelty in Toronto the Good.  A new era begins with a flurry of restructuring. Salaries are studied. When the subway is being built (in ’59), there is restricted access but the stop gets a...

The Consummate Collector from Guyana

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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...

Opening Ceremony

Opening Ceremony

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June 2, 2007

The crystal opens. 40, 000 people walk through empty space, which is then closed for the installation of galleries.

ROM Song Circle

ROM Song Circle

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2000s

The ROM Song Circle is a group of ROM staff members and their friends who meet about once a month to share their love of music. Everyone gets a turn to choose a song as we go around the circle. The group was started by Gene Wilburn around 1994. Some “circlers” play instruments (banjo, guitar,...

A Field Trip to Davy Jones’s Locker

A Field Trip to Davy Jones’s Locker

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1990s

  Research at the Royal Ontario Museum over the decades has taken its staff around the world, from east to west, from north to south, and from mountain top to deep sea. During my career as a curator of invertebrate zoology at the ROM, my most extraordinary field trip involved two dives into the...

Dinosaur Wonder

Dinosaur Wonder

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2010s

I have a 5 year old son named Robert, who simply adores anything dinosaur. He was a regular viewer of Dinosaur Train, Dino Dan and Treks Adventures. when he was 3. We made not one not two, not three, but four visits to the Ultimate Dinosaur exhibition, as he found after each visit he had to return...

Museum and University Prepare to Divorce

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1950s

The University of Toronto requests “a survey of the ROM in its relation to the University of Toronto, the schools of Ontario, and the public”. When the report is made, it recommends that there should be a separation from the University with a full time academic head.

Origins and History of "Connecting"

Origins and History of "Connecting"

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1980s

Connecting took its place among adult programs at the ROM in 1989. It was an instant success. One Wednesday every month Connecting took over the Members’ Lounge on the 4 th floor overlooking Bloor Street in the recently reopened museum.  Billed as the ideal way for “enthusiastic singles” to...

Frogs of Nogies Creek

Frogs of Nogies Creek

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2000s

My mum would take us to the ROM during March Break when we were kids growing up in Huntsville, but I hadn't returned since then- the early 80's. I had just started graduate work in ecology at Trent University, around 2000, and ended up with a supervisor interested in Bullfrogs from Nogies...