A quarter of a century after leaving the ROM, I realised a dream that began soon after I arrived there. It was to publish at last the beautiful and informative book the Museum's stupendous Chinese collection deserves. In 1990 or thereabouts, I approached the staff of the Far Eastern Department...
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).
I have fond memories of the time that Dan Aykroyd and his father Peter appeared at the ROM in October 2009 for a lecture and signing for Peter Aykroyd's book A History of Ghosts. Particularly memorable was the introduction by the ROM staff member, who recounted her own ghostly encounter at the...
Improving access to the ROM, hours are extended. The museum is open on Mondays 10 am - 5 pm; Tuesday - Saturday 10 am - 9pm; Sunday 1 pm - 9pm. In Toronto the Good, Sunday openings are still somewhat of a novelty.
The Planetarium closes with layoffs. There is a public outcry, but attendance has been falling and the equipment is 25 years old. The Director speaks about it as a "low point".
I had visited the ROM for ROM Fridays and really enjoyed the event. After the event, the ROM contacted me about a membership and I signed up immediately. I decided to invite a childhood friend to a ROM Friday. We've known each other for two decades and have never partied together! I got to...
Sigmund Samuel, who has been an important donor as well as a collector in his own right, pays for a building to house the fine and decorative art and rare books that he has donated, as well as the provincial archives. This building remains as a second ROM location until very recently and shows up...
The ROM commissioned a Dior dress for the exhibition "BIG". Here is how it is received upon arrival.
A birthday party with cake and balloons is also the chance to announce that the W. Garfield Weston Foundation, and Hilary and Galen Weston will each donate $20 million to Renaissance ROM.
The Chinese sculpture, tomb figures, and lions left the building for a garden setting facing Bloor Street. By the time the construction of new galleries began in 1979, plans were to move them indoors. The air pollution was causing noticeable deterioration. Nowadays, the lions are back outdoors and...