Stories

Things That Cough in the Night

by Aron Hacker

1990s

After the Planetarium layoffs, some staff found other positions in the ROM. One woman who had been a greeter became a Security Officer. She had to do the lonely midnight shift, making the rounds in a dark and empty museum. One night I got a terrified call: “I think there’s someone in the...

Eyes Wide Open

by Neha Siddiqui

2010s

When I first visited the ROM, I was only 7 years old, so that was 6 years ago. I was a child, so I had no idea that things from over 100 years ago, can be preserved. I remember when I saw the dinosaur exhibit.. My eyes were WIDE OPEN. The way I felt that day, was unforgettable. The whole day, I...

Budget Cuts

Budget Cuts

by ROM ReCollects Editor

1970s

Admission rises to $1. Budget cuts mean that ROM closes evenings.

99 going on 100

99 going on 100

by Connie Swenson

2010s

My grandma is the same age as the ROM, so this year's centennial celebrations are extra meaningful for me personally! Editor's note: To compare the institution with a person is a most interesting perspective from which to gauge time passing and changes that have occurred.

"Carlo" (Charles Trick Currelly) meets important people

"Carlo" (Charles Trick Currelly) meets important people

by Julia Matthews

1980s

When I was appointed to the ROM Library in 1983, I began exploring the archives to learn about the people who had built the Museum. Among the special collections was one for the first director of the ROM of Archaeology. He was a messy man. I was told that when his secretary Miss Greenway, died...

Full Circle

Full Circle

by Sarah Elliott

1980s

Growing up without a lot of money in a small town outside of Toronto, trips to the museum were reserved for very special occasions, and I can count on the fingers of one hand the number of times I actually made it through the doors. But I remember every single one of those trips with vivid...

My First Visit

by Marion Ho

1990s

My first visit to the ROM was in 1996. I came here as a grad student and the ROM was the first on my "must visit" list. I kept hearing, "They have a great Chinese collection!" I went, and I was wowed! I have never seen such a such a rich, exquisite, collection of porcelain,...

Another Reopening

Another Reopening

by ROM ReCollects Editor

1980s

At a cost of $56 million, the ROM is ready to reopen. The public are displeased to find that much of the increased gallery space is empty.

MUSEUM (poem)

by LouAnn Buhrows

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...

Winnifred Needler

Winnifred Needler

by Annette Boenke-Jarek

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...