Behind-the-scenes

Monthly Archive: December Behi

How to display the past......

Posted: February 6, 2013 - 17:02 , by ROM

Ever wondered what goes in to the display you see in a museum gallery? I’m exploring some behind-the-scenes issues that shape what you see.

Komodo Dragon Preparation, Step Two: To the Bug Cave! I mean, Bug ROOM

Posted: December 12, 2012 - 15:31 , by Nicole Richards
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A close-up of the Komodo Dragon head before preparation of the speciman began

Viewer discretion advised. Images depict a Komodo Dragon being dissected as it is prepared for the ROM's collections. Some images may be shocking.

The Fruits of our Labour: ROM images in print

Posted: December 10, 2012 - 15:46 , by royal
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Two stacks of books that include images from the Royal Ontario Museum

A behind-the-scenes look at the publication of ROM images and a custom photo shoot of El Anatsui’s artwork.

Meet the Ultimate Dino Team: Georgia Guenther

Posted: August 28, 2012 - 17:45 , by royal

It’s one of the most interesting jobs at the ROM – the museum artist. Working in a studio soaked in natural light, Georgia Guenther creates replicas of objects in the collection and other artistic displays you may see inside the galleries. She works closely with curators to ensure her creations are both scientifically accurate and realistic.

We stopped by the studio to ask Georgia a few questions about her role at the ROM.

Meet the Ultimate Dino Team: Matthew Vavrek

Posted: August 20, 2012 - 09:43 , by royal

Matthew Vavrek in his tent during a research expedition.

Bringing an exhibition to life takes a whole team – especially an exhibition the size and scale of Ultimate Dinosaurs: Giants of Gondwana. To help get this ultimate exhibition up and running the ROM brought it contract curator Matthew Vavrek.

Ushering in the year of the dragon in the Life in Crisis: Schad Gallery of Biodiversity

Posted: January 26, 2012 - 09:56 , by Nicole Richards

A sneak peak at our new komodo dragon before the work begins

A sneak peak at our new komodo dragon before the work begins

Maya: hidden exhibition secrets revealed

Posted: November 25, 2011 - 16:06 , by royal

Written by Stephanie Allen, ROM Registration Coordinator

There is an incredible amount of work that happens behind-the-scenes in preparing for every exhibition. Some of that work is eventually obvious to the visitors such as the design, mounts, graphics and labels but a lot of the work is largely invisible.

Sneak Peek: Recreating Ancient Mayan Architectural Facades

Posted: October 20, 2011 - 12:19 , by royal

Here at the ROM, a project team is hard at work bringing Maya: Secrets of their Ancient World to life. The exhibition opens November 19, but ROM staff have been immersed in the project for well over a year!

Emilio Genovese, ROM Exhibit Designer, is a key member of the project team. Today he is working with an artist to finalize large graphic murals that will appear throughout the exhibition. We asked him to answer a few questions about the murals and tell us a little more about his role on the exhibition project team.

Summerasaurus Part VI: Un-jacketing dino bones in the Vertebrate Palaeontology Lab

Posted: September 9, 2011 - 08:52 , by royal

Today, we thought we’d offer you a behind-the-scenes look at the Vertebrate Palaeontology Lab to see what happens to dino bones between being excavated and being put on display or used for research.

Unopened plaster field jackets stored on metal shelves.