Stories

The Sculpture Garden

The Sculpture Garden

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1970s

The Chinese sculpture, tomb figures, and lions left the building for a garden setting facing Bloor Street. By the time the construction of new galleries began in 1979, plans were to move them indoors. The air pollution was causing noticeable deterioration. Nowadays, the lions are back outdoors and...

George Crofts and the Chinese collections

George Crofts and the Chinese collections

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1910s

One day, Currelly was showing a distinguished visitor around at the end of the day. Thus he missed another caller, who left a card. Seeing the name of George Crofts on that card, Currelly tracked him to the King Edward Hotel.  He told this man, whose reputation as a collector of Chinese...

Drawing the Egyptians

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1960s

One of my best visits to the ROM was in the late 60s when my brother Mark and I went by ourselves by subway at 12 and 10 years old. Being out alone was an adventure. The ROM was familiar to us so we were nothing but happy and content as we moved through our favorite exhibits, especially the mummy...

Masks

Masks

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1950s

The opening gala for the 1959 exhibition "Masks: the Many Faces of Man" was great fun. Museum design staff provided some spectacular examples, but the guests rose to the occasion as well.

Honey bees

Honey bees

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2010s

I have been volunteering for eight years and one of the reasons I am still giving my time is the honey bees. They are so cute and all the visitors just love hearing all about them. I learn something new about them every time I'm here. The people in biodiversity are great too. Happy 100th,...

Full Circle

Full Circle

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1980s

Growing up without a lot of money in a small town outside of Toronto, trips to the museum were reserved for very special occasions, and I can count on the fingers of one hand the number of times I actually made it through the doors. But I remember every single one of those trips with vivid clarity....

Things That Cough in the Night

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1990s

After the Planetarium layoffs, some staff found other positions in the ROM. One woman who had been a greeter became a Security Officer. She had to do the lonely midnight shift, making the rounds in a dark and empty museum. One night I got a terrified call: “I think there’s someone in the...

Two small girls and two tall totem poles

Two small girls and two tall totem poles

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1970s

When I was growing up, every summer my grandmother would take my sister and me and do the rounds of the Toronto attractions. Ontario Place, the Science Centre, the AGO, the Zoo...every Friday we would go on an outing. (It didn't occur to me until much later that Grandma probably didn't...

The ROM Grants a Young Boy's Wish

The ROM Grants a Young Boy's Wish

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2010s

On August 8, 2013, the ROM was able to participate in making a young boy’s dream come true. Damien was granted his wish of being a palaeontologist for a day! Damien who has been diagnosed with T-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, was granted a tour of the Temerty Gallery of Dinosaurs and the...

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...