Stories

The Toronto Junior Field Naturalist Club

The Toronto Junior Field Naturalist Club

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1960s

I was a member of the TJFNC through the '60s. Our meetings took place in the theatre and spread out from there to the unexplored back rooms that contained the really good stuff. I was in the herpetology and ichthyology group so we saw a lot of specimens in formaldehyde, but nothing was more...

Family tradition

Family tradition

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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 in...

My History of Visiting the ROM

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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...

Encounter with an Egyptian

Encounter with an Egyptian

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2000s

This is my grandaughter Sasha on an early visit to the ROM. She has since enjoyed many sessions of March Break camp, Summer Club, and even a sleepover with her mother, who enjoyed such programs in her day. The photos were taken by her grandfather, Arnold Matthews.

Bats We Know and Love

Bats We Know and Love

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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...

Alone with the Mummy

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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...

Accessible Galleries: The Discovery Room/Gallery

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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...

The Diamond Necklace

The Diamond Necklace

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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...

My Great Experience

My Great Experience

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2010s

My best experience with the museum was when I was a tween on a school trip. The visit was all about super natural history like dinosaurs, precious minerals- you name it. But as I grew older and moved on to college years, I've seen changes and innovations over the years. The Michael Lee-Chin...

99 going on 100

99 going on 100

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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.