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Japanese Art Collection at the ROM

Posted: July 21, 2015 - 09:54 , by Asato Ikeda
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Hawking Party in Front of Mount Fuji; Kitagawa Utamaro (1754-1806); Paper, Oban triptych format, woodblock-printed with seven colours; Japan; Edo period; circa 1790 AD, ca 1800; 926.18.424; Length 58cm; Width 95cm

The Japanese art collection at the ROM includes approximately 10,000 objects: it is the largest collection of the kind in Canada. The largest number of Japanese items is from the Edo period (1601-1868). Among them are lacquer works, such as incense containers and writing boxes beautifully decorated with gold leaf, which would have embellished people’s everyday lives. “Samurai art,” such as armour, helmets, saddles, spears, and tsuba (sword guards), some of which date from before the Edo period, is also represented.

Museum Monday with Melissa - July 20, 2015

Posted: July 20, 2015 - 09:34 , by Ryan Dodge
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What an exciting time for the ROM. This week there is so much to see and do. With the beautiful weather we are able to enjoy it is a great time to get out and visit the Royal Ontario Museum.


T. rex vs. Pan Am Athletes: Who Would Win a Race?

Posted: July 16, 2015 - 12:51 , by Stacey Kerr
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A stage performance with images of Toronto in the background for the opening ceremonies of the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto

Guest blog post by Environmental Visual Communication Student Lisa Milavic

Do you think you could out-run a Tyrannosaurus rex? What about the athletes in the 2015 Pan Am Games?

Weapon Wednesday: Pesh Kabz

Posted: July 14, 2015 - 22:07 , by Deepali Dewan

Pesh Kabz daggar with sheath. Steel, jade, stone, water buffalo horn, fabric. 19th century India. 948.1.256a-b. The Collection of the First Lord Kitchener. Currently part of the South Asian Study Collection in the ROM’s Education Department.

Written by Aruna Panday, Ph.D Candidate York University, Co-Chair Friends of South Asia, Department of World Cultures Intern.

ROM Selfie Guide

Posted: July 8, 2015 - 15:36 , by Ryan Dodge
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1. Mimicking a statue can be fun. Look closely at the statue to make sure you get it right.

2. When attempting to take a selfie with a dinosaur, please ensure the dinosaur is actually in the shot.

A Model Miniature for Pompeii: The House of the Tragic Poet

Posted: June 30, 2015 - 10:07 , by Kay Sunahara
House of the Tragic Poet, Pompeii, ROM miniature model

Behind-the-Scenes at the Royal Ontario Museum's Pompeii in the Shadow of the Volcano exhibit.

A dusty old model of the House of the Tragic Poet in Pompeii is carefully deconstructed in order to craft a new touchable interactive version to be installed in the Pompeii exhibit.

Bug Hunting with Bed Sheets

Posted: June 25, 2015 - 15:44 , by Nicole Richards
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3 people in silhouette look for insects attracted to a light

What would make a couple of insect-keen naturalists lug a car battery, a mercury vapour lamp and a white bed sheet into a forest around midnight? A BioBlitz of course!

The restudy of the iconic Hallucigenia animal from Burgess Shale

Posted: June 24, 2015 - 13:00 , by admin
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New research published today in the journal Nature describes a newly-discovered 'ring of teeth' in an otherworldly creature from half a billion years ago.  

ROM Style: Asian Inspired

Posted: June 23, 2015 - 08:40 , by admin
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Large and small brass seated Buddha statues.

Visit the ROM Boutique and bring home the treasures of a well-travelled collector.

Museum Monday with Melissa - June 22, 2015

Posted: June 22, 2015 - 11:22 , by Anonymous
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Museum Monday with Melissa

Hope everyone is enjoying the summer so far! Yesterday was the first day - and the longest day of the year. Time to get out and enjoy this beautiful weather. What a perfect time for the Museum to have so much to offer. Whether going with friends, family or a first date, there is something for everyone this week at the ROM.