Stories

Learning Leadership - or not

by V irginia Van Vliet

1990s

My daughter, a ROM kid of the first water, attended a museum leadership camp for pre-teens one summer. She loved the camp where they did lots of creative things, including making a Roman villa. However, the last day she came home very annoyed about her final evaluation. I couldn't see why she...

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...

My History of Visiting the ROM

by Sean Kelly

1990s

I am still quite young (turning 32 this year), but I estimate that I have been going to the ROM for at least a quarter of the museum's existence, beginning with trips I made as a child in the late 1980s/early 1990s. I remember visiting areas, such as the bat cave, when they were still...

The Tenth Muse

The Tenth Muse

by Jeffrey Molnar

2010s

I am an aspiring Greco-Roman historian currently completing my undergrad. As such I write countless papers on varying historical topics. Before I am about to begin the preliminary research on a large Greco-Roman paper, I go directly to the ROM and head straight for the Greco-Roman exhibit so I can...

Family tradition

Family tradition

by James Hinnecke

1960s

My parents had a defined set of family activities that we would do together. One of these was visiting the Royal Ontario Museum. We used to go at least annually by subway -- taking the subway was a novel experience in itself for kids who seldom left suburbia. In those days many exhibits were kept...

The Diamond Necklace

The Diamond Necklace

by Roberta Woods

2010s

Until my daughter, Nicola Woods, began to work at the Royal Ontario Museum as the Rights and Reproductions Coordinator, I had given little thought to what went on behind the scenes to sustain the Museum’s public exhibitions and events. And, despite knowing that museums, in general, are...

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...

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...

99 going on 100

99 going on 100

by Connie Swenson

2010s

My grandma is the same age as the ROM, so this year's centennial celebrations are extra meaningful for me personally! Editor's note: To compare the institution with a person is a most interesting perspective from which to gauge time passing and changes that have occurred.

A Fish Story

A Fish Story

by Julia Matthews

1980s

The ROM moved quickly when it was given a frozen coelacanth that had been caught live in April 1987. It was displayed in a glass-topped freezer. Once this species was thought to be extinct. Nowadays, you can watch a video of swimming fish in the Schad Gallery of Biodiversity.