Stories

Architect Chosen

Architect Chosen

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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.

Artifacts that Speak

Artifacts that Speak

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2010s

Dan Rahimi answers the question "Are there parts of the Museum that speak to you"?

History Within History

History Within History

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2010s

As a summer project, Vanessa Minke-Martin created a six minute history of the ichthyology collections at the ROM. It features interviews and field trip footage. Watching it will give you a fine idea of how the research carried out by curatorial departments animates the programs of the ROM.

The Cost of Steel and Other Challenges

The Cost of Steel and Other Challenges

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2000s

William Thorsell talks about some surprises that contributed to the costs of Renaissance ROM.

Under Our Noses

Under Our Noses

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2000s

This is the story of how a new curator, David Evans, found the amazing barosaurus, which we named Gordo (for the curator, Gord Edmund, who had received it in the 60's). 

How Exhibits Speak to Us

How Exhibits Speak to Us

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2010s

If you've ever wondered about how galleries and exhibitions are put together, you can listen to a seasoned professional explain....

Opening the Dior

Opening the Dior

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2010s

The ROM commissioned a Dior dress for the exhibition "BIG". Here is how it is received upon arrival.

The Multiplicity of Possible Voices

The Multiplicity of Possible Voices

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2010s

In the opinion of Dan Rahimi, the ROM as an institution has evolved. He uses the example of a new book to illustrate what the future can bring.

Eternal Issues

Eternal Issues

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2010s

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

Eddie Goodman, Chairman of the Board

Eddie Goodman, Chairman of the Board

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1980s

Robert Barnett, Board Secretary, remembers what Mr. Goodman accomplished during his term as Board Chair.