Stories

Friday Nights

Friday Nights

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1990s

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

Peter Swann, Director, 1966-72

Peter Swann, Director, 1966-72

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1960s

Peter Swann is announced as the next Director. In 1966, he tackles the space issue first. The ROM must expand or choke to death.

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.

Moving In

Moving In

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1900s

Currelly moves into basement even before the roof is completed and begins to unpack material he has collected in Europe and Egypt.

Streamlining, Budget woes, Celebrating

Streamlining, Budget woes, Celebrating

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1980s

A major organisational change results in three streams: curatorial; education and communication; and administration and facilities. Finance Committee at Queen ‘s Park calls senior managers to explain cost overruns. The first 25 year service dinner is held and staff are presented with a lapel pin...

Free Rein

Free Rein

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1960s

My first experience with the ROM was in the mid 60’s when my brother and I participated in the Saturday Morning Club.  What is interesting is I have no recollection of adults being part of our experience.  I remember having free rein of the museum galleries and it being simply great.  Now.. I...

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.

25c Admission

25c Admission

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1960s

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

Children Fundraise

Children Fundraise

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1960s

As a Centennial project (Canada's 100th) Toronto school children raise funds for a  protoceratops specimen. Publicity for this project is typical of the new ways of community building.

New Galleries

New Galleries

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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.