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Better than Saturday morning cartoons

Better than Saturday morning cartoons

One-year-old Peter likes looking at the paper with his parents on Saturday mornings (or better yet, ripping it apart, says his dad). This past weekend he went straight for the latest copy of Let’s ROM and started flipping through it with a look of intense concentration on his face. The ROM’s

Bring on the Welcoming Committee: Doni the Komodo Dragon is Here

Bring on the Welcoming Committee: Doni the Komodo Dragon is Here

Visitors to the ROM are used to a warm welcome, and Doni the Komodo Dragon was no exception. His long-anticipated arrival meant that a celebration was in order. Many of the volunteers that worked on the Komodo Dragon project as well as some special ROM members joined staff from the Toronto Zoo and

A bird in the hand... by Mark Peck, Ornithology Technician, ROM Biodiversity

A bird in the hand... by Mark Peck, Ornithology Technician, ROM Biodiversity

  During spring and fall migration, thousands of birds die due to collisions with buildings in the Greater Toronto Area. Through the dedication of the Fatal Light Awareness Program (FLAP) and its volunteers, injured birds are rehabilitated through the Toronto Wildlife Centre and the dead birds are

The First Brush: Paul Kane and Infrared Photography

The First Brush: Paul Kane and Infrared Photography

In October 1848, painter Paul Kane returned to Toronto from an extraordinary 29-month journey along the fur-trade routes all the way to Fort Victoria on the Pacific Ocean and back again.  This followed a previous eight-month journey in 1845, when he travelled through the regions of Lake Huron and

The LEGO Maya Pyramid that 5000 kids built

The LEGO Maya Pyramid that 5000 kids built

For our March Break programming this year I wanted to mark the 50 th  anniversary of the excavation of an incredible ancient Maya site-  Altun Ha, Belize, and introduce a whole new generation to this fascinating find. So I proposed that we build the temple pyramid out of LEGO and ask our visitors

Birds in your Backyard, by guest and ROM Biodiversity friend Jill Cooper

Taken on a trail at Lynde Shores Conservation Area (near Whitby, Ontario), earlier in March 2013, my fiancee and I were incredibly fortunate to have the opportunity to not only see, but capture a photograph of a Northern Saw-Whet Owl. Notoriously hard to spot, this tiny owl was resting on a low

The First Brush: Paul Kane and Infrared Photography

The First Brush: Paul Kane and Infrared Photography

A collaboration between the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), Toronto, and Queen's University, Kingston, this research project has photographed in the infrared spectrum the Paul Kane collection of oil paintings housed at the ROM. Video produced by Michael Fergusson, MA candidate, Queen's

Fashion Crime Stoppers

Fashion Crime Stoppers

On April 10 th a distinguished panel of fashion industry insiders will converge upon the Royal Ontario Museum for a debate on some of fashion’s most controversial issues including megabrands, globalism, fast fashion, the pressures of the fashion industry, the business of fashion and what it means

The ROM Marks World Autism Awareness Day

April 2, 2013 is an historic day for the Canadian Autism community: for the first time, Canada is officially marking World Autism Awareness Day. Essential to reducing stigma, raising awareness and improving support structures, World Autism Awareness Day also serves as a message to individuals and