Stories

The Museum Cat

The Museum Cat

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1960s

This is ROMA, one of two rescue cats who were responsible for rodent control during the 60s. The Museum photographer posed her in the studio. Gladys Wong, a cleaner, brought them from Woodbine Racetrack and fed them as part of her job. They hung out next to the security officers' room in the...

MUSEUM (poem)

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2010s

I believe museums should be about affectivity-- that one should be able to simultaneously 'lose' oneself and connect to something larger. Here's a poem I wrote on the subject that I am pleased to share in honour of ROM ReCollects: MUSEUM Matinée monuments stories in surround...

Charlie and Fido

Charlie and Fido

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1960s

In the 1960s my father was seconded to the ROM from the Toronto Board of Education and the immediate effect of this career move for me was access to the Royal Ontario Museum after closing hours. I had a tremendous sense of privilege and insider knowledge when my mother and I picked my father up at...

The Yellow Line

The Yellow Line

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1960s

School busses are a constant at the ROM. In addition to the coach styling, notice the sign over the front doors. It depicts a man with a magnifying glass and a big question mark to advertise the special exhibition "Search and Research". This show called attention to the work of ROM...

My Knight in Shining Armour: A Celebrity Remembers

My Knight in Shining Armour: A Celebrity Remembers

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1960s

I remember as a little girl growing up in Toronto, one of my favourite things to do was to go to the ROM on a Saturday afternoon and gaze at the (invisible) knight in shining armour--that suit conjured up such romantic visions for me! As I grew older, and my love of fashion blossomed, I switched...

ROM Song Circle

ROM Song Circle

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2000s

The ROM Song Circle is a group of ROM staff members and their friends who meet about once a month to share their love of music. Everyone gets a turn to choose a song as we go around the circle. The group was started by Gene Wilburn around 1994. Some “circlers” play instruments (banjo, guitar,...

Reconnecting with Friends

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2010s

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...

First Trip to the ROM

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1990s

I visited the ROM for the first time with my second grade class, and was in awe from the time I walked in to the time we left. From the bat cave, that scared me to death and still does to some extent, to the Medieval exhibit, to the Egyptian exhibit and the visiting exhibits from all over the world...

Scary Mummy

Scary Mummy

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1940s

About 1946, when I was 2 years old, my Grandparents were babysitting me in Toronto while my mother was expecting a baby. My Granddad took me to the ROM for the first time. Now, I know current theory holds that children don't remember things earlier than age 3 or 4, But, I assure you, I am an...

The Toast Of The Town

The Toast Of The Town

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2010s

During one of the coldest winter seasons this 2013-14 our family braved the elements and decided to collectively journey over to our most beloved attraction in Toronto: The Royal Ontario Museum. It has been a difficult at best winter and the desire for outdoor activities decreased and the...