Stories

Elephants in the Basement

Elephants in the Basement

by Array Array

1990s

When my son was small enough to be carried in my arms for the day, I started taking him to the museum. He soon had his favourites. We'd linger at the Nile crocodile, the Maiasaur, the little piece of forest floor in the middle of the beetles-and-butterflies room, the desert changing from day...

The ROM's Prize Bulldog

The ROM's Prize Bulldog

by Array Array

1930s

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

Groundbreaking Ceremony

Groundbreaking Ceremony

by Array Array

2000s

At the groundbreaking for the crystal, Hilary Weston and Michael Lee Chin get to drive the shovel.

Partial to Pyramids?

Partial to Pyramids?

by Array Array

2000s

The memory is fleeting but it seems to me the gallery that housed the ROM’s mummy Anjau was much more spacious and brightly lit when I first visited him 26 years ago. Or could it be the lens of a 10 year old’s joy which fills the scene with so much light? I was captivated by everything Egyptian...

Tactile Tours

Tactile Tours

by Array Array

1960s

Two unnamed women are carefully running their fingers around the rim of a lion’s mouth. It’s a ceramic Wedgwood ornament from the nineteenth century. They are in a study room, presumably a behind-the-scenes curatorial space at the museum. A volunteer instructor stands behind them, watching...

Remember the Popcorn Vendor?

Remember the Popcorn Vendor?

by Array Array

1980s

We liked this scene so  much that we commissioned a poster

James Cruise, Director 1975- 85

James Cruise, Director 1975- 85

by Array Array

1970s

James Cruise is appointed Director.  A botanist, he has been recruited from the University of Toronto. For the next decade, he oversees physical expansion and a new mission that is captioned “Meaningful Survival”. Almost immediately, the dream must be revised, as the provincial government...

Into the Heart of Africa

Into the Heart of Africa

by Array Array

1980s

The exhibition opens in November with good attendance at the public programs. Early in the next year, protests begin and escalate. ROM changes the process by which exhibitions are proposed and approved. Full text of the catalogue may be found at...

Admission fees rise

Admission fees rise

by Array Array

1990s

Admission fees jump to $8

90th Birthday

90th Birthday

by Array Array

2000s

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 $10 million to Renaissance ROM.