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Many of us are familiar with the expression ‘the people make the place’ and nowhere is this truer than at the ROM. The Museum would not be a world-class cultural institution without the generous support of so many individuals, families and corporations. Here are just a few stories of ROM volunteers and donors who have gone above and a beyond.     


The ROM experienced an incredible wave of affection felt in Toronto and beyond as we celebrated the Museum’s 100th anniversary and launched our $15M Love the ROM Centennial Campaign

Patricia Harris presented with the Manulife Volunteer Award

Long-standing ROM volunteer, Patricia Harris, was recently recognized with the Manulife Volunteer Award for her extraordinary contributions to advancing the Museum as a community builder. 

Building on the legacy of Sir Edmund Walker, CIBC is honoured to be the ROM’s Centennial Partner, helping to bring the ROM experience to life for Toronto’s diverse community and ensure a continued legacy for many years to come.

“My extensive collection of international ores and  minerals represents my life’s work and passion. I’ve chosen to leave my legacy at the ROM  where it will be cared for and shared with future generations,” says Douglas Kirwin. 

Helga Schmidt is a lover of operetta and live performance, and a benefactor of many cultural organizations in Europe. As lead donors, she and her late husband Mike Schmidt have been vital in galvanizing support for the Love the ROM Campaign. 

The ROM School Visits Bursary Program enables at-risk youth to visit the Museum free of charge. The ROM is grateful to our generous partners for helping us teach and inspire thousands of kids each year.

As Lead Sponsor of The Forbidden CityManulife is helping to bring the epic drama and intrigue of the 600-year-old imperial residence to life for Canadians.

As Presenting Sponsor of The Forbidden City, The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation continues its dedication to promoting Chinese arts and culture and advancing cross-cultural understanding between China and the world.

The ROM was pleased to host Barrick Gold Corporation employees and their families on Sunday, February 23, 2014. This special day celebrated the recent opening of the new Barrick Gold Corporation Gallery.

James and Louise Temerty standing in front of a dinosaur at the Royal Ontario Museum.

It’s not everyday a new dinosaur species is discovered, and it’s even more exciting when it is named in honour of long-time ROM supporters. Dr. David Evans and a team of scientists have named a small, meat-eating dinosaur (‘raptor’) based on newly unearthed fossils from Montana, USA.