Stories

Visiting the ROM as a solo kid in the early 1960s

by Carl Benn

1960s

  I was born in Toronto in the early 1950s and grew up just east of High Park and south of Bloor Street. I don’t remember my first visit to the Royal Ontario Museum, but recall that somewhere around the ages of eight or ten I very much wanted to go to the ROM and explore its galleries,...

Chasing Centipedes

Chasing Centipedes

by Tony Hanik

1980s

The Curatorial Centre was built with a high level of security in mind. The stairways to each floor were locked off daily at 6 pm and subsequent access was only available by pass keys for the elevator. This meant that each week day a security officer would unlock the stairway doors from top to...

A History of Ghosts

by Sean Kelly

2000s

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...

First Disability History Exhibit at the ROM

by Kate Zankowicz

2000s

On April 17, 2008 the ROM opened the museum's first exhibit that dealt with disability history in Canada, Out from Under: Disability, History and Things to Remember was curated by three faculty members from Ryerson University's School of Disability...

A Great Exhibition

A Great Exhibition

by ROM ReCollects Editor

1970s

Exhibition of the Archaeological Finds of the People’s Republic of China is the most successful and profitable show in the Museum’s history. In three months, 435,000 people saw it, and $600,000 was set aside to fund future exhibitions. It also pointed up the crowding and lack of conservation...

Family tradition

Family tradition

by James Hinnecke

1960s

My parents had a defined set of family activities that we would do together. One of these was visiting the Royal Ontario Museum. We used to go at least annually by subway -- taking the subway was a novel experience in itself for kids who seldom left suburbia. In those days many exhibits were kept...

Campaign for Gallery Development

Campaign for Gallery Development

by Julia Matthews

1980s

Serious fundraising for galleries begins with a target of $40 million. The Royal Terrace Club is established for donors. (It became the Royal Patrons' Circle in 1999)

Architect Chosen

Architect Chosen

by ROM ReCollects Editor

2000s

Daniel Libeskind is announced as the architect for the project, following an international search. He sketches (and submits)  his idea on napkins from the ROM's restaurant. William Thorsell talks about the process.

Dinosaur Wonder

Dinosaur Wonder

by james keddy

2010s

I have a 5 year old son named Robert, who simply adores anything dinosaur. He was a regular viewer of Dinosaur Train, Dino Dan and Treks Adventures. when he was 3. We made not one not two, not three, but four visits to the Ultimate Dinosaur exhibition, as he found after each visit he had to return...

Opening a Radical Room

Opening a Radical Room

by ROM ReCollects Editor

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.