Timeline

1933 - 1968

1950s

11 millionth visitor
  • ROM Fact
1950s

In just 13 years the ROM more than doubles its total attendance. Since opening its doors on March 19, 1914,  the ROM has welcomed 11 million visitors.

1950s

Dawn of DMV
  • group shot of Volunteer presidents
1950s

Museum Volunteers committee is started, soon becoming the Department of Museum Volunteers. Over the years since, it has been a crucial force in fundraising and programming.

1950s

Theodore A. Heinrich, Director, 1955-1962
  • Heinrich dances with Margaret Walker
1950s

Theodore Heinrich is appointed Director, the first for a single ROM. He has come from New York and is a novelty in Toronto the Good.  A new era begins with a flurry of restructuring.

1950s

Museum and University Prepare to Divorce
1950s

The University of Toronto requests “a survey of the ROM in its relation to the University of Toronto, the schools of Ontario, and the public”.

1950s

Gayle's Story
  • woman stands beside mummy case
1950s

When I was a girl in Grade School, my parents allowed me to take the bus and streetcar, by myself, down to the Museum every Sunday afternoon.