The ROM in the Rainforest

Joshua See

Earlier this year a team of Royal Ontario Museum scientists ventured deep into Borneo's Gunung Mulu National park.  The went to learn more about insects, bats, mushrooms...and to gain insight into the effects of climate change on life on our planet.  The results–like their experiences–are amazing.

Go Wild!

Mel Walwyn

ROM Biodiversity presents the North American Premiere of Wildlife Photographer of the Year, November 23, 2013 to March 23, 2014

ICC: In Conversation

Dr. Carla Shapiro, a research fellow at U of T’s Munk School of Global Affairs, speaks with Francisco Alvarez, managing director of the ROM’s Institute for Contemporary Culture, about the upcoming ICC exhibition Observance and Memorial: Photographs from S-21, Cambodia. This important exhibition presents a rare archive of photographs found at the S-21 prison run by the notorious Khmer Rouge (the Communist Party of Cambodia, which ruled the country from 1975 to 1979) and provides the historical context on events that led to the archive’s creation.

ROM 100: Charles Currelly and the beginnings of the Museum's first century

Glen Ellis, head of the Royal Ontario Museum Press and executive editor of ROM magazine

The Royal Ontario Museum was established on April 16, 1912, by the signing of the Royal Ontario Museum Act in the Ontario legislature and officially opened to the public on March 19, 1914. The first ROM director, Charles Currelly, through his intelligence, charm, powers of persuasion, and stamina, amassed content for the new Museum.

Shelter from the Sea: Wedgwood’s art and the science of the paper nautilus

Peter Kaellgren and Janet Waddington. Janet Waddington is an assistant curator in the Palaeontology section of the ROM’s Department of Natural History. Peter Kaellgren is the author of Wedgwood: Artistry and Innovation, published by the Royal Ontario Museum Press.

Celebrated potter Josiah Wedgwood I (1730–1795) took great interest in the latest science and technology. His enthusiasm for conchology, the study of shells, inspired designs for a dessert service introduced by Wedgwood around 1790, including the bowl on which this one is based. Periodically, the Wedgwood Factory has revived models from the original service. This version of the "Nautilus Footed Bowl," with its coral stem and shell foot, was redesigned for Wedgwood in the 1930s by architect Keith Murray.

Aliens Among Us: Why we want to believe

Mark Kingwell, professor, University of Toronto, Department of Philosophy, and author of more than a dozen books, most recently, with Joshua Glenn and cartoonist Seth, The Wage Slave’s Glossary (Biblioasis, 2011)

Memory being the mind's dark mansion, I can't be certain this actually happened, but I think it did. In 1973 Rod Serling, then at the height of his Twilight Zone fame and a favourite subject of voice imitators everywhere, narrated a film called In Search of Ancient Astronauts. Based on the German documentary Chariots of the Gods (1970), Serling's film was widely screened in schools on 16 mm prints.

Watching Angels

Hernán López-Fernández, associate curator of Ichthyology in the ROM’s Department of Natural History

These piscatorial prizes of many a living-room were graced with good looks by intricate evolutionary processes in their homeland.

Even for those who have never owned an aquarium, freshwater angelfish such as this Pterophyllum altum are among the most readily recognizable aquarium fishes.

Burton and Isabelle Pipistrelle: Echo-locating mysterious worlds

Glen Ellis, head of the Royal Ontario Museum Press and executive editor of ROM magazine

The St. Clair Cave, a subterranean river grotto in southeast Jamaica, is home to half of the island's 20 bat species. The ROM's recently revamped Bat Cave is modelled on the Jamaican cavern, which is reproduced so accurately—replicated, it seems—that ROM visitors familiar with St. Clair quickly get their bearings.

The History of T.O.'s H2O

Kim Tait, associate curator of Mineralogy, and Mary Burridge, assistant curator of Ichthyology at the ROM

For more than two centuries, an abundant supply of fresh water has fuelled Toronto's growth and prosperity. The city's many waterways have offered pleasurable places for recreation and abundant sources of fresh food, but they've also been the source of outbreaks of cholera and typhoid fever. In many ways, Toronto's water has shaped the city we know today.