ROM Governors

History of Giving

(From left to right) Sir William Meredith, Chancellor, U of T; Sir Robert Falconer, President, U of T; Dr. James Brebner, Registrar, U of T.; Sir Edmund Walker, Chairman, Board of Governors (1912).

Philanthropy has been at the heart of the ROM since its inception more than 100 years ago. Financial support, patronage, donations and acquisitions helped establish the Museum and continue to be a crucial component of the ROM’s success today.

Learn more about how Canadians built the Royal Ontario Museum (pdf)


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