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Monthly Archive: December

New to ROM: Tiger Claw Necklace

Posted: November 16, 2015 - 11:56 , by Deepali Dewan
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Hunting trophy. Victorian jewelry. Conservation symbol.

ROM wins Ontario’s Accessible Tourism Award

Posted: November 11, 2015 - 14:18 , by Cheryl Blackman
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Cheryl Blackman, ROM Assistant Vice President, Audience, and Heather Hiscox, CBC News anchor and Awards Gala emcee

The ROM is proud to announce that we have been honoured with Ontario’s Accessible Tourism Award at the 2015 Ontario Tourism Awards of Excellence. Creating access at the ROM is a journey which our Museum has embraced, and this recognition is a great testament to our direction.

Martians among us

Posted: November 11, 2015 - 10:12 , by Ian Nicklin
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Mars Meteorites

With the announcement of three new Martian Meteorites in the ROM’s planetary science collection, recent evidence of flowing water on Mars, and of course, the success of the Hollywood movie “The Martian”, it seems fitting to sit down and take a closer look at the Red Planet.

Good Over Evil: Diwali, Festival of Lights

Posted: November 10, 2015 - 15:30 , by admin
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Illustration of a lantern.

Diwali is celebrated by over one billion Hindus, Sikhs, and Jains (and their friends!) in South Asia and among the South Asian Diaspora; it is an official holiday in: Fiji, Guyana, India, Mauritius, Malaysia, Nepal, Singapore, Suriname, Sri Lanka, and Trinidad and Tobago!  Popularly and affectionately known as the ‘festival of lights,’ at Diwali it is customary to light diyas--small lamps--before the darkness of night approaches. Brass or other beautiful lamps will be lit inside the home and placed in each room. The outside of the home is lit aglow with humble clay lamps numbering in the dozens if not hundreds to form beautiful and often elaborate patterns.

The Legacy of Pompeii

Posted: November 10, 2015 - 12:57 , by Sascha Priewe
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Getty Villa antiquities curator Kenneth Lapatin talks about the themes of his upcoming lecture “The Enduring Legacy of Rome” at the ROM on November 17.      

#emptyROM - Katherine Ridgley, KMR Photography

Posted: November 10, 2015 - 12:46 , by Ryan Dodge
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Image of a visitor taking a photo on a smartphone

/Photos from our second #emptyROM tour on October 28th, 2015

Troy, Magnus, and the ROM: The Road to Independence

Posted: November 6, 2015 - 10:19 , by Jaclyn Qua-Hiansen

Did you know that an estimated 1 in 68 children are on the autism spectrum? Individuals with autism experience the world differently, and bustling cultural attractions like the ROM can be overwhelming for some of them. We want to improve that experience, and provide the tools necessary to help ensure that a visit to our museum inspires wonder and nurtures discovery, regardless of how you experience the world.

Ladybug, ladybug and more ladybugs

Posted: November 5, 2015 - 14:53 , by Antonia Guidotti
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You may have seen lots of ladybird beetles flying about recently. Unlike our native species which are adapted to Canadian winters, the Asian Multicoloured Ladybird Beetle (Harmonia axyridis) has to find a place to hibernate over the winter, usually indoors. With the warm weather we have had this week; they have been scouting out the best south facing walls of buildings (like here at the ROM). We were out collecting a few for a gallery exhibit on invasive species.

International Volunteer Managers Day: Thank You, ROM Volunteer Managers!

Posted: November 5, 2015 - 10:25 , by Mark Engstrom
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ROM Volunteer helps children try on armour during March Break 2015

November 5, 2015 marks International Volunteer Managers Day, an annual opportunity to celebrate the dedicated and hardworking staff who mobilize and support volunteers around the world. This year’s theme is “Volunteer Managers: the power behind superhero volunteers.” Indeed, behind every great team of volunteers is a Manager who ensures that they reach their full potential.

International Volunteer Managers Day: Meet Ann Macpherson

Posted: November 5, 2015 - 10:12 , by Jaclyn Qua-Hiansen
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Volunteers help kids dig for dinosaur bones in the Hands-On Galleries at the ROM

Behind every great team of volunteers is a Volunteer Manager who ensures that their team reaches their full potential. In honour of International Volunteer Managers Day this November 5th, the ROM turns the spotlight on some of the staff who activate our many fun and exciting volunteer programs.

Meet Ann Macpherson, Assistant Coordinator, Hands-on Galleries. Ann has been managing volunteers for approximately 11 years now. She currently works with more than 200 volunteers within the Hands-On Galleries.