Stories

A Special Place

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1930s

I've always considered the Royal Ontario Museum a "home away from home". When I was very young in the 1930's, my uncle, Eric McDougall, who was an assistant in the "stuffed animal" (as I knew it then) gallery on the third floor, would bring me there each year to watch...

Talking Heads

Talking Heads

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2010s

An assignment for class, everyone was asked to make a 30 second commercial for the ROM. When we got there I still had no idea what I was going to do for mine until I saw a Luohan sitting in the middle of a hallway and thought, "What if he could talk?" and then he spoke to me...

Friday Nights

Friday Nights

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2000s

While I was attending the University of Toronto circa 2001-2005 I took advantage of so many free-admission Friday nights. I lived on campus, and while I got along with classmates and others in the residence, most of my close friends lived in other cities and I very often didn't have social...

Raising the Last Beam

Raising the Last Beam

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2000s

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

A Tale/Tail

A Tale/Tail

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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...

"He's looking at rocks"

"He's looking at rocks"

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1960s

So my parents took their young son to the ROM for some education and entertainment. Being as I was about 5 at the time, I quickly wore Mom out. She sat on a bench in the rotunda waiting for Dad and me to finish in the gemmology exhibit. Dad comes out- alone- and slumps next to her in exhaustion....

Amazing Museum

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1980s

The first time I visited the ROM from my home in New York State, I was awed by the building, the grand entrance off Queens Park Circle. I remember the beautiful visitors' hall and reception desk, but the exhibitions were incredible! I fell in love with the dinosaur exhibit and went back to...

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.

Hatching Dinosaurs and Hitler's Henchmen

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2010s

My kids, now almost 3 and 5, have grown up in the ROM. Since they could walk, each has spent nearly a day a week running through the bat cave, singing "Baby Beluga" as they wander through the Shad Gallery, or trying to commandeer the elevators. When my youngest discovered the button to...

Ethan Meets Jane

Ethan Meets Jane

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2010s

Ethan tells about a happy visit when he met someone he greatly admired.