Exhibitions and Galleries

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Pompeii in the Shadow of the Volcano

Posted: June 17, 2015 - 16:07 , by Kay Sunahara
Wine Cup (cantharus) from the House of Menander, Pompeii

A quick collection of impressions from opening weekend festivities for the Pompeii exhibit at the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto. Exhibition runs June 13 2015 - January 3rd 2016.

Getting Lost with Galloway

Posted: March 13, 2015 - 16:31 , by Douglas Thomson
Portrait of Matt Galloway, CBC Metro Morning Host and Toronto resident.

We sat down with CBC’s Matt Galloway to find out exactly what keeps bringing him back to the ROM

Q: Do you visit the museum often?

A: Yes, I have a couple of young kids. We come on a fairly regular basis. Sometimes if there’s a special event, but also sometimes we come just to wander around. It’s a great place to explore—one of the places we go to just spend time in the city. That’s a big thing for our family, to be out and about in Toronto as much as we can.

Empty Skies: Resurrecting the Passenger Pigeon Backdrop

Posted: September 18, 2014 - 22:41 , by Stacey Kerr
a passenger pigeon mounted specimen sits in the Empty skies exhibit in front of the digitally restored backdrop

A long time ago, in a ROM gallery quite different from today’s, there was a diorama that showcased a migrating flock of passenger pigeons.... 

Empty Skies: Behind-the-Scenes - Recreating Passenger Pigeon Habitat

Posted: September 5, 2014 - 00:08 , by Stacey Kerr
ROM Artist Georgia Guenther gives a passenger pigeon mount a final check before installing it into the exhibit

Come behind-the-scenes with environmental visual communication students/guest bloggers Justine DiCesare and Vincent Luk to take a look using photos and video to see how the flowers and scenery were created for the new exhibit: Empty Skies: The Passenger Pigeon Legacy.

Empty Skies: Who Are the Species At Risk?

Posted: August 28, 2014 - 15:25 , by Stacey Kerr
A museum preparator collects the Species At Risk that will be added to the Empty Skies Passenger Pigeon exhibit

In the case across from the Passenger Pigeons in the new Empty Skies exhibit, eleven different Species At Risk birds are on display. But who are these species? What are their stories? 

First Peek at Empty Skies: The Legacy of the Passenger Pigeon

Posted: August 21, 2014 - 23:02 , by Stacey Kerr
Stuffed passenger pigeons from the ROM collections sit on a table in the Gallery of Birds waiting to be installed in the new special exhibit

The ROM's latest special exhibit, Empty Skies: The Legacy of the Passenger Pigeon swoops in this Saturday, August 23. Get an exclusive first glimpse at the behind-the-scenes of the exhibit being installed!

Origins of a Collection: A look at R.S. Williams' Historic Musical Instruments

Posted: July 7, 2014 - 12:42 , by Jaime Clifton-Ross
European Music Book. Detail. 1835.

Have you ever wondered how museums collect their treasured artefacts? You probably know that many objects are generously donated to such cultural centres. But do you know the story or the provenance (the record of origin and history of ownership) behind these objects? The ROM is full of interesting acquisition stories—many of which can be found in the Curatorial departments and the Library & Archives. This is just one…


Sloth Life

Posted: June 12, 2014 - 15:14 , by Jaime Clifton-Ross
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Upside-down Two-toed sloth

What you may or may not know about this unusual mammal.

Happy International Museum Day!

Posted: May 18, 2014 - 09:00 , by Cheryl Fraser
Visitors take a selfie inside the bat cave.

Since 1977, Museums around the world have been celebrating International Museum Day on May 18.  Each year, a new theme is selected and this year we're celebrating "Museum collections make connections".

Rare Chinese Chicken Cup Auctioned for $36 million

Posted: April 10, 2014 - 16:58 , by admin
Image of rooster depicted on the porcelain cup.

An original and very rare Chicken Cup, that was created as part of a set, was recently sold at an auction hosted by Sotheby's. The ROM is currently displaying another cup from this set in The Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China’s Emperors.