Stories

My First Visit!!!

My First Visit!!!

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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...

Egyptian Earrings

Egyptian Earrings

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1970s

When I was ten, I was a member of the ROM's Saturday Morning Club. I had recently had my ears pierced for my tenth birthday, which was a pretty big deal at the time. Our group was looking at a display of Egyptian jewelry when the leader asked if anyone had pierced ears. My hand shot up. She...

Chasing Centipedes

Chasing Centipedes

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1980s

The Curatorial Centre was built with a high level of security in mind. The stairways to each floor were locked off daily at 6 pm and subsequent access was only available by pass keys for the elevator. This meant that each week day a security officer would unlock the stairway doors from top to...

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.

Tally Ho!

Tally Ho!

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1980s

My grade five class went to the ROM in order to see early civilizations exhibits. A small group of us wanted to see the swords and armours and so stole away from our class. At this time there were many signs posted telling people not to take pictures of light-sensitive exhibits but of course my ten...

What do you call a dinosaur from Alberta?

What do you call a dinosaur from Alberta?

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2010s

In the Discovery Gallery one of the main attractions is our Dino Dig, where children can pretend to be paleontologists and dig for dinosaur fossils. One such fossil is the jaw of an Albertosaurus. As a volunteer I often ask children “What would you call a dinosaur whose fossils are found in...

The Toast Of The Town

The Toast Of The Town

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2010s

During one of the coldest winter seasons this 2013-14 our family braved the elements and decided to collectively journey over to our most beloved attraction in Toronto: The Royal Ontario Museum. It has been a difficult at best winter and the desire for outdoor activities decreased and the...

An Unexpected Visitor

An Unexpected Visitor

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1960s

[Chief Mineralogist Dr. Vic] Meen was in Teheran when an unexpected visitor appeared at my office door in October 1964. He seemed inconsequential: a short, elderly man in a grey overcoat. I was alone in the room and on the phone with Dr Swinton, who was at home with a cold. Sharon, my secretary,...

Unexpected Lesson

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1950s

The ROM tour had come to an end. My grade seven classmates and I descended to the lower level to collect our winter coats and galoshes. At the bottom of the stairs, I saw a skull, sitting rather haphazardly on a small stand in the hallway. On one side of the skull was a hole, neatly cut about...

Great Influence

Great Influence

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1970s

I am a pagan. I believe in and follow the old gods, most especially the gods of ancient Greece. I believe ALL gods are man-made, from Isis to Zeus to Jesus to Dionysus, but I also believe that we can learn a great deal about the Divine and about Humanity by turning our eyes to the myths and the...