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Monthly Archive: December

August Rock, Gem, Mineral, Fossil, and Meteorite ID Clinic

Posted: August 27, 2015 - 12:54 , by Katherine Dunnell
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Plesiosaur vertbra

The ROM's August ID clinic had a steady flow of visitors up to the museum closing at 5:30pm.

Museum Monday with Melissa

Posted: August 26, 2015 - 12:35 , by Lexie Buchanan
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Museum Monday with Melissa logo

With summer ending soon, it is something you’ll want to cherish before it is gone.  There is still much to warm up with at the Royal Ontario Museum this week. 

Tyrannosaurus Rex


Take a ROM walk through Cabbagetown North this Wednesday. Just look for the purple ROMwalks Umbrella at the Northeast corner of Parliament and Winchester Streets at 6pm. 

#ROMSriLanka Kicks off Month-long Expedition

Posted: August 21, 2015 - 12:47 , by Stacey Kerr
photo of a an elephant standing in a wetland in Yala National Park in Sri Lanka with jungle and a mountain in the background

Guest blog written by #ROMSriLanka Communication team member Deirdre Leowinata

The ROM’s own Assistant Curator of Mammalogy, Burton Lim, along with his ROM Biodiversity team, are traversing the planet’s surface to reach the small and mysterious country of Sri Lanka between August and September for one purpose and one purpose only… to study the island's small mammals.

Weeks 2 & 3 of #ROMmeme

Posted: August 21, 2015 - 11:37 , by Lexie Buchanan
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We are absolutely LOVING all the memes you guys are sending in for #ROMmeme. It's a beautiful mixture of pop culture references, natural history and ancient world cultures. The perfect trifecta, really.

Here's a selection from the last two weeks featuring many a reference to Mean Girls and, of course, cats. 

Rom meme. 17th century Japanese print of three women. Caption: Straight Outta 17th century Japan.



Posted: August 19, 2015 - 11:48 , by Ryan Dodge
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Photo of people taking photos in the Rotunda at the Royal Ontario Museum
After weeks of planning Lexie and I hosted our first #emptyROM tour this morning! We loved the MET's version and thought it would be a great way to show our community what it is like to come to work early in the morning everyday!
Here are some of the highlights, we'll post more photos as they come in.

When the BioBlitz Turns into a Treasure Hunt

Posted: August 14, 2015 - 14:10 , by Stacey Kerr
Children listen to a guided blitz leader explain some interesting facts about plants and amphibians.

Guest Blog written by 2015 Environmental Visual Communication student Anne-Sophie Blanc

The Bioblitz experience is educatiional and fun, but for kids it's even more than that, it's a real treasure hunt!

#ROMmeme Week 1: Prairie Dogs

Posted: August 7, 2015 - 13:54 , by Lexie Buchanan
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ROMmeme prairie dogs. Caption: Alan! Alan! Alan! Steve!

Thank you for submitting your hilarious takes on the prairie dogs meme. We essentially spent the entire week laughing at the entries below.

We'll share next week's image on Monday, so stay tuned!

BioBlitz Bits: The Bat Pack at Baker's Woods

Posted: August 7, 2015 - 11:20 , by Stacey Kerr
Burton Lim untangles a Big Brown Bat (Eptesicus fuscus) from a mist net during the 2015 Don Watershed Ontario BioBlitz. Photo by Samantha Phillips

Guest blog written by 2015 Environmental Visual Communication student Kendra Marjerrison

EVC student Kendra revisits the 2015 Don Watershed Ontario BioBlitz to share a newfound appreciation for bats after spending an evening with ROM scientist Burton Lim during his guided blitz bat hike

"Pseudo-Nature" and Photographic Integrity

Posted: August 3, 2015 - 17:11 , by Stacey Kerr
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A gray treefrog (Hyla versicolor) sits on a tree branch at night. Photo by Sean de Francia

Guest blog written by 2015 Environmental Visual Communication student Sean de Francia

A look into the ever-changing world of wildlife photography - would you stage a photo to get that perfect shot? What are the consequences of manipulating a scene with wild photo subjects?

Meme the ROM!

Posted: July 31, 2015 - 12:28 , by Lexie Buchanan
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Photo: two Pompeian sculptures making silly faces. Caption: Wat.

We love seeing the ROM through your eyes. Luckily we get to do this by speaking with you on social media and hearing about your visits to the Museum. We also get to marvel at the awesome photos you take and share with us. And now, we’re going to take it one step further: we want to see the collection through your eyes.

Every Monday in August we’ll share an object from the collection with you. You have the week to turn it into a fun meme/gif and then we’ll share the best ones on Friday.