Stories

Diamond Jubilee

Diamond Jubilee

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1970s

The ROM celebrates its 60 year anniversary. Cosmetic changes are made to the interior and exterior.

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...

Bill 138: A home for culture and science

Bill 138: A home for culture and science

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1900s

On April 16, 1912, Bill 138 formally establishing the ROM received Royal Assent to “provide a home for culture and science under the same academical roof”. Press coverage was slight owing to the sinking of the Titanic. There were to be five ROMs, each with a director. The Board of Trustees was...

A New Wing

A New Wing

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1930s

Argyle House is demolished. Construction begins. The new wing had been in the original plan, and it was hoped that a later phase would fill in the additional spaces between old and new buildings. This hope remains unfulfilled for a further 50 years.

Origins and History of "Connecting"

Origins and History of "Connecting"

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1980s

Connecting took its place among adult programs at the ROM in 1989. It was an instant success. One Wednesday every month Connecting took over the Members’ Lounge on the 4 th floor overlooking Bloor Street in the recently reopened museum.  Billed as the ideal way for “enthusiastic singles” to...

Winnifred Needler

Winnifred Needler

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1950s

Winifred (Friedl) Needler joined the staff of the Royal Ontario Museum in 1935 as a draughtsman-cataloguer.  She took a year's leave to study Egyptian and Near Eastern archaeology, along with Middle Egyptian (hieroglyphics) at Yale, which study she continued upon return to the ROM under the...

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. 

Wolverine Lodge

Wolverine Lodge

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1980s

Here is one of the tents with the opening title displayed.

Early Group Photo

Early Group Photo

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1910s

The guards had to dust the displays before opening the museums. Some of the men did double duty because they were skilled glaziers and fine carpenters. All we know of Miss Hand was that she wrote a letter asking to be allowed a lunch break. I am grateful to whoever had the idea of recording this...

A Bear Story

A Bear Story

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1960s

  There is just one complete study skeleton of the huge Brown Bear (Ursus arctos  - also known as the Grizzly or Kodiak bear) in the ROM's mammalogy collection. And I remember vividly when it arrived in 1965.   I was a summer student in the ROM's Department of Entomology and...