Stories

Raising the Last Beam

Raising the Last Beam

by ROM ReCollects Editor

2000s

Staff, volunteers, workers, and the architect sign the last steel beam to be put in place.

ROM's Champion

ROM's Champion

by ROM ReCollects Editor

1910s

The ROM is fortunate that Sir Edmund Walker believed in a museum for Toronto that would be both academic and public. He was able to gather all the stakeholders together so that the initial funding would be 50:50 government and university. As President of the Canadian Bank of Commerce, as well as...

Friday Nights

Friday Nights

by ROM ReCollects Editor

1990s

Free admission (after 4:30) on Friday nights launches and is a huge success from the start...

5 millionth visitor

5 millionth visitor

by ROM ReCollects Editor

1940s

Since the doors officially opened on March 19, 1914,  5 million visitors have walked through the galleries.

Worlds to Explore

Worlds to Explore

by Julia Matthews

1990s

This assorted group came from many departments but the at the core were fast-learning librarians and library technicians. No one's job description mentioned the web: it was a volunteer effort. The ROM was a very early adaptor among museums. From the vantage point of twenty years later, it...

25c Admission

25c Admission

by ROM ReCollects Editor

1960s

Admission fees rise to 25c. A new exhibition hall opens with “Impact”

New Galleries in Oldest Wing

New Galleries in Oldest Wing

by ROM ReCollects Editor

2000s

Ten new galleries open in the heritage buildings.

New Galleries

New Galleries

by ROM ReCollects Editor

2000s

11 new galleries open over three years. The first two are the James and Louise Temerty Galleries of the Age of Dinosaurs and the Reed Gallery of the Age of Mammals. From Bloor Street there are tantalizing glimpses of bones.

Updating Visitors' First Impresssions

Updating Visitors' First Impresssions

by ROM ReCollects Editor

1970s

During the 70s, there were no big changes to the buildings,  but small touches such as new glass doors, removal of turnstiles, and an information kiosk in the Rotunda were instituted. Outdoors there were display cases and benches. One small new construction contained a cafeteria, a children’s...

Dinomobile Tours the Province

by ROM ReCollects Editor

1990s

The ROM acquires a new van. Did it visit your town?