Stories

The ROM's Prize Bulldog

The ROM's Prize Bulldog

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1930s

Most of our domestic dogs came from Toronto families, but Bungy had a different background. (See also "Curator's Work")

Reflecting on "Into the heart of Africa"

Reflecting on "Into the heart of Africa"

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1980s

Dan Rahimi revisits the exhibition, reflects on the major changes it brought about, and explains what the ROM is doing this year to balance the scales. The full catalogue is accessible from this site (see the story "Into the Heart of Africa".)

Timelapse of the Renaissance ROM Project

Timelapse of the Renaissance ROM Project

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2000s

This timelapse takes the project from demolition to opening. 

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...

How to Assemble a Dinosaur

How to Assemble a Dinosaur

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2000s

This timelapse video shows how fast we had to work to construct the barosaurus in time for opening.

Under Our Noses

Under Our Noses

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2000s

This is the story of how a new curator, David Evans, found the amazing barosaurus, which we named Gordo (for the curator, Gord Edmund, who had received it in the 60's). 

Dating for Authenticity

Dating for Authenticity

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2000s

Dan Rahimi explains one important way in which the ROM guards its reputation.

Opening a Radical Room

Opening a Radical Room

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1970s

This video shows the beginnings of the Discovery Room. It became a bigger gallery and then evolved into more hands on spaces in the ROM. Some of these original boxes are still available in the Hands on Biodiversity Gallery, for instance. 

Opening the Dior

Opening the Dior

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2010s

The ROM commissioned a Dior dress for the exhibition "BIG". Here is how it is received upon arrival.

Innovative Tours

Innovative Tours

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2010s

ROM's plans to make the galleries and exhibitions accessible are accelerated with help from many people. Christine Karza, Board Member, and Cheryl Blackman, seen in the video, have championed the initiatives.