Stories

Another Reopening

Another Reopening

by ROM ReCollects Editor

1980s

At a cost of $56 million, the ROM is ready to reopen. The public are displeased to find that much of the increased gallery space is empty.

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...

My Father's Home

My Father's Home

by Mary Hofstetter

1950s

My father, C. H. Douglas Clarke, was a naturalist who studied forestry and wildlife biology at U of T in the 30s and went on to a distinguished career as a researcher, administrator and writer in the field of wildlife management. He always told me that when he first came to U of T as an...

Encounter with an Egyptian

Encounter with an Egyptian

by Julia Matthews

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.

Friends! Registrars! Hand me that ear!

by Beth Watkins

1990s

While a student in the University of Toronto's Museum Studies Master's program in 1996-8, I had an internship in the West Asian collections with Bill Pratt, assisting him with an inventory of the Egyptology collections. We took turns with tasks, one of us at a laptop - and it must have...

MUSEUM (poem)

by LouAnn Buhrows

2010s

I believe museums should be about affectivity -- that one should be able to simultaneously 'lose' oneself and connect to something larger. Here's a poem I wrote on the subject that I am pleased to share in honour of ROM ReCollects: MUSEUM Matinée monuments stories in surround...

Chasing Centipedes

Chasing Centipedes

by Tony Hanik

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...

Accessible Galleries: The Discovery Room/Gallery

by Kate Zankowicz

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...

My Great Experience

My Great Experience

by Rommel Lagrimas

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...

Journey to Mars

Journey to Mars

by Katherine Ing

2010s

One of the best days I have at the ROM is getting a first-hand look at the meteorites that have been to the farthest reaches of space and time.