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Museum Monday with Melissa - March 23, 2015

Posted: March 23, 2015 - 15:55 , by admin
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Museum Monday with Melissa

Starting today is the international event well known as Museum Week. MUSEUM WEEK  is a worldwide love of all things curatorial. Museums around the world celebrate this every year.  From Egyptian mummies to Roman emperors, you can enjoy some of the best in conversations and curations. 

A New Focus for Photography

Posted: March 23, 2015 - 08:34 , by Brian Boyle
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I have had the pleasure this past week of working with a new camera. This is not just any new camera, but a tool which allows one to rethink how we go about photography. The number of times we have all heard "you should have focused on that thing" or "you forgot to focus!" is frustrating. "It’s a great shot....but it's out of focus".

'The Elements of Armories': A Very Short History of Heraldry

Posted: March 18, 2015 - 13:50 , by Sarah Schell
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The colourful pennants and shields  carried by bold knights and courageous squires are known to us today from illustrated books and films telling stories of Robin Hood, or King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. But these bright emblems are more than decoration, and have long historical roots. 

Museum Monday with Melissa

Posted: March 16, 2015 - 11:15 , by Ryan Dodge
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Museum Monday with Melissa

The 1st Blog post by our new Guest blogger, Melissa Doyle!

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.

The Anatomy of a Book: Saving The Naturalist's Library

Posted: March 11, 2015 - 13:33 , by Sarah Schell

Books are remarkably durable. Fragments have survived from ancient times, while others have traversed the centuries in near perfect condition. One such example is the St Cuthbert Gospel from the 7th century, the earliest intact European book. But despite the robust structure of the book, the rigours of use and the passage of years cause many fall into disrepair and to require mending.

International Women's Day

Posted: March 9, 2015 - 11:27 , by Charlotte Chaffey
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Ella Martin instructs a group of students. ROM Archives SC82

In honour of International Women’s Day, the ROM Library and Archives highlights a number of the many women whose work at the ROM made advances in science, art, and museology.

Family Plan for March Break 2015!

Posted: March 5, 2015 - 09:00 , by Douglas Thomson
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March Break at the ROM

For March Break this year we’ve decided to try to see as much of the world as we can without using our passports! First up? At least one visit to the ROM!

Luckily the ROM has a ton of special March Break programming that looks fun and family-friendly. The programming is running for the full week of the break, from Saturday March 14 to Sunday March 22. And most of the family-friendly stuff runs between 11AM and 4PM.

After talking it over, I’ve made a list of our “must sees”…

Museum Week 2015

Posted: March 4, 2015 - 11:28 , by Ryan Dodge
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Join us for a week long Twitter party, March 23rd to 29th, 2015!

Toronto at the Turn of the (Last) Century

Posted: February 19, 2015 - 15:04 , by Sarah Schell
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The City of Toronto was officially incorporated in 1834 and the second half of the 19th century was a period of great growth in the city. The population grew through railway and steamer links, which facilitated the arrival of immigrants at the port or the new Union Station building. The harbour was a key asset for trade and expansion, and  was steadily under development.


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