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Construction Begins

Construction Begins

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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.

Institute for Contemporary Culture Established

Institute for Contemporary Culture Established

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1980s

The founders of this new initiative had in mind exhibits of photography, but the mandate evolved. Shows were mounted once a year. One early show depicted and analysed teenage tribes. Over the years, the mission has grown to encompass innovative exhibits and public events tackling living societies...

Admission fees rise

Admission fees rise

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1980s

Admission price rises to $2.50

Love at the ROM

Love at the ROM

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2010s

Emily and Kyle met in line with hundreds of others at the architectural opening of the ROM’s crystal June 2nd 2007.  The line was long and they stood for 2 hours talking as they waited to see the new ROM.  A lot can happen in 2 hours! It was appropriate that almost six years later, June 24th...

Major Exhibitions Begin Again

Major Exhibitions Begin Again

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2010s

The new space for blockbuster exhibitions is tested.

Groundbreaking Ceremony

Groundbreaking Ceremony

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2000s

At the groundbreaking for the crystal, Hilary Weston and Michael Lee Chin get to drive the shovel.

Just a speck of dust?

Just a speck of dust?

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1960s

A subtle feeling of anxiety crept over me every time I passed by that large globe in the Geology gallery. The Earth was described as a mere speck of dust, and I felt cold and alone. Somehow, this experience was a seed for new feelings of veneration that developed as I grew older. These feelings...

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. 

5 millionth visitor

5 millionth visitor

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1940s

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

Accessible Galleries: The Discovery Room/Gallery

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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...