Stories

Family Memories of the ROM

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2010s

I have many favorite moments at the ROM, and I have already shared many with ROM staff over the years I have been a member. I usually come to visit with my 13 year old daughter, Maya. She sometimes brings a few friends and she plays the guide role, offering descriptions, back stories, map...

"He's looking at rocks"

"He's looking at rocks"

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1960s

So my parents took their young son to the ROM for some education and entertainment. Being as I was about 5 at the time, I quickly wore Mom out. She sat on a bench in the rotunda waiting for Dad and me to finish in the gemmology exhibit. Dad comes out- alone- and slumps next to her in exhaustion....

ROM's Champion

ROM's Champion

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1910s

The ROM is fortunate that Sir Edmund Walker believed in a museum for Toronto that would be both academic and public. He was able to gather all the stakeholders together so that the initial funding would be 50:50 government and university. As President of the Canadian Bank of Commerce, as well as...

Canadiana Building

Canadiana Building

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1950s

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...

Admission Fees Reduced!

Admission Fees Reduced!

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2010s

In a dramatic move to increase attendance, admission fees are slashed by one third- to much acclaim!

Friday Nights

Friday Nights

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1990s

Free admission (after 4:30) on Friday nights launches and is a huge success from the start...

ROM exhibit cases from 1914

ROM exhibit cases from 1914

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March 19, 1914

Like many museums across Ontario, the Waterloo Region Museum in Kitchener has benefitted from gifts from the Royal Ontario Museum- particularly when it has upgraded exhibit cases during past renovations. The Waterloo Region Museum has several oak exhibit cases, with brass fittings, that we believe...

My Second Home

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2000s

I've been lucky enough to experience the ROM as a visitor, volunteer and staff member over the last almost 30 years of my life. I would completely credit the ROM with two huge things in my life- helping me figure out what I actually want to do with my life and helping to keep me calm at tough...

My First Visit

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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,...

Ontario Lottery to Fund Expansion

Ontario Lottery to Fund Expansion

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1970s

One of the first new Ontario Lottery draws is held in the ROM to assist with the funds needed for expansion. $10m is to be matched by private fundraising. Some Board Members oppose the use of funds gained by a lottery. (We don't have pictures of the ROM draw, but here's a nostalgia trip.)...