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Monthly Archive: December


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.

Our Darling Dermestids - A Visit to the ROM's Bug Room

Posted: July 29, 2015 - 22:22 , by Stacey Kerr
A photo of the sign posted outside the door of the ROM's dermestid beetle colony quotes Dante's Inferno, "Abandon all hope ye who enter here"

Guest blog written by 2015 Environmental Visual Communication student Robert Elliot

How does the Royal Ontario Museum get their Skeletons so clean without compromising their integrity? A well-kept colony of hide beetles cleans every crevice of the various cadavers in the ROM’s bug room with incredible efficiency. A steel walled, dark humid room filled with corpses; a veritable beetle heaven is home to these hard working bugs. Follow EVC student ROM into their domain to get a unique perspective on the ROM.

ROM Alfred Wirth Gallery of the Middle East: Stronghold of an Iranian Warlord on the Silk Road

Posted: July 24, 2015 - 16:17 , by Diana Lu
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By Ed Keall


The temporary exhibit space in the Wirth galleries of the Middle East and the Ondaatje gallery of Asia is designed to keep the galleries alive by encouraging visitors to repeat their visits because there is something new to see.

Antonia and Deb’s top ten favourite things about Bioblitzes

Posted: July 24, 2015 - 15:16 , by Antonia Guidotti
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Bioblitz 2015. Ontario Science Centre Species Depot. Photo by Krystal Seedia

Top ten favourite things about Bioblitzes from Antonia and Deb

Join our first #EmptyROM tour!

Posted: July 23, 2015 - 11:01 , by Ryan Dodge
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Picture of the ROM looking southwest. Photo by @priscilla_mendes

Tour the museum BEFORE we open!