Stories

Opening a Radical Room

Opening a Radical Room

by Array Array

1970s

This video shows the beginnings of the Discovery Room. It became a bigger gallery and then evolved into more hands on spaces in the ROM. Some of these original boxes are still available in the Hands on Biodiversity Gallery, for instance. 

Renaissance ROM

Renaissance ROM

by Array Array

2000s

William Thorsell muses on the aims of the new project for renewal.

Innovative Tours

Innovative Tours

by Array Array

2010s

ROM's plans to make the galleries and exhibitions accessible are accelerated with help from many people. Christine Karza, Board Member, and Cheryl Blackman, seen in the video, have championed the initiatives.

Architect Chosen

Architect Chosen

by Array Array

2000s

Daniel Libeskind is announced as the architect for the project, following an international search. He sketches (and submits)  his idea on napkins from the ROM's restaurant. William Thorsell talks about the process.

A Director Remembers: Highs and Lows

A Director Remembers: Highs and Lows

by Array Array

1980s

Jim Cruise tells about some ups and downs. The Queen's visit was a peak experience. In the Georgian Canada exhibition, which artifact did she like the best?

Reflecting on "Into the heart of Africa"

Reflecting on "Into the heart of Africa"

by Array Array

1980s

Dan Rahimi revisits the exhibition, reflects on the major changes it brought about, and explains what the ROM is doing this year to balance the scales. The full catalogue is accessible from this site (see the story "Into the Heart of Africa".)

The Future of Museum Funding

The Future of Museum Funding

by Array Array

2010s

One of Canada's most generous and energetic philanthropists, Hal Jackman ponders the situation for institutions like the ROM.

Eternal Issues

Eternal Issues

by Array Array

2010s

Janet Carding reflects on issues specific to the ROM, especially space and growth.

An Important Gift

An Important Gift

by Array Array

1990s

The Honorable Hal Jackman shares his thoughts about collecting.

Goodman Greets Alexander

Goodman Greets Alexander

by Array Array

1980s

I wish there were an image of this party! Lincoln Alexander was Lt. Governor of Ontario from 1995 - 1991