Stories

A Tale/Tail

A Tale/Tail

by Graham Bowden

1970s

I used to kill time before U of T evening midterms by visiting the ROM. One evening while in the Natural History exhibit (the stuffed animals) I overheard a young boy ask his mom why the beaver had a flat tail. Mom replied, "That isn't his real tail, it is just the museum's...

Drawing the Egyptians

by Jennifer Joiner

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...

A Place of Awe and Reverence

by Alex Hillar

1970s

My childhood recollections of the ROM include entering the magnificent rotunda from the steps on University Ave. As my father paid the admission, my brother and I simply gazed upward at the mosaic on the ceiling in awe. directly behind the admission cashier were the steps leading toward the old...

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...

Construction Begins

Construction Begins

by ROM ReCollects Editor

1970s

Admission is $1.50. The renovation begins with the demolition of exhibition hall (and obliteration of any parking spaces). In its place is to be a 9 floor curatorial centre with offices, labs, collections storage, and a purpose built library. It is decided to close the museum for 13 months.

Opening a Radical Room

Opening a Radical Room

by ROM ReCollects Editor

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. 

Alone with the Mummy

by Milton Holmes

1970s

When I was in Grade 5 our class had a trip to the ROM. I had a new cardigan which my mother told me not to wear because I'd probably lose it. I convinced her that I would not, but sure enough, I came home without it. The next day, my mom made me take the Mississauga Transit to the subway and...

Extended Hours

Extended Hours

by ROM ReCollects Editor

1970s

Improving access to the ROM, hours are extended. The museum is open on Mondays 10 am - 5 pm; Tuesday - Saturday 10 am - 9pm;  Sunday 1 pm - 9pm. In Toronto the Good, Sunday openings are still somewhat of a novelty.

Mr. Snuffleupagus

by Christine Caroppo

1970s

My friend, artist, and teacher, Margaret Ann [Clark] Fecteau told me this story. It is both funny and tragic, and took place, I think, in the late 1970s. The ROM had at that time a gallery on the archaeological periods of Ontario before European contact. Among the dioramas was one depicting the...

Diamond Jubilee

Diamond Jubilee

by ROM ReCollects Editor

1970s

The ROM celebrates its 60 year anniversary. Cosmetic changes are made to the interior and exterior.