Stories

Updating Visitors' First Impresssions

Updating Visitors' First Impresssions

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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...

Alone with the Mummy

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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...

A Great Exhibition

A Great Exhibition

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1970s

Exhibition of the Archaeological Finds of the People’s Republic of China is the most successful and profitable show in the Museum’s history. In three months, 435,000 people saw it, and $600,000 was set aside to fund future exhibitions. It also pointed up the crowding and lack of conservation...

11 millionth visitor

11 millionth visitor

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1950s

In just 13 years the ROM more than doubles its total attendance. Since opening its doors on March 19, 1914,  the ROM has welcomed 11 million visitors.

Tally Ho!

Tally Ho!

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1980s

My grade five class went to the ROM in order to see early civilizations exhibits. A small group of us wanted to see the swords and armours and so stole away from our class. At this time there were many signs posted telling people not to take pictures of light-sensitive exhibits but of course my ten...

Great Influence

Great Influence

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1970s

I am a pagan. I believe in and follow the old gods, most especially the gods of ancient Greece. I believe ALL gods are man-made, from Isis to Zeus to Jesus to Dionysus, but I also believe that we can learn a great deal about the Divine and about Humanity by turning our eyes to the myths and 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 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.

Absorbed

Absorbed

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1950s

This is one of my favourite images. We don't have a date or a name. To me, it conveys perfectly the connection with objects that we can foster. 

Admission fees rise

Admission fees rise

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1980s

Admission price rises to $2.50