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My Great Experience

My best experience with the museum was when I was a tween on a school trip. The visit was all about super natural history like dinosaurs, precious minerals - you name it.

A Place of Awe and Reverence

My childhood recollections of the ROM include entering the magnificent rotunda from the steps on University Ave. As my father paid the admission, my brother and I simply gazed upward at the mosaic on the ceiling in awe.

Drawing the Egyptians

One of my best visits to the ROM was in the late 60s when my brother Mark and I went by ourselves by subway at 12 and 10 years old. Being out alone was an adventure.

mosasaur in "old" gallery

Friday Nights

While I was attending the University of Toronto circa 2001-2005 I took advantage of so many free-admission Friday nights.

How Exhibits Speak to Us

If you've ever wondered about how galleries and exhibitions are put together, you can listen to a seasoned professional explain....

Dating for Authenticity

Dan Rahimi explains one important way in which the ROM guards its reputation.

man looking at geology display

Just a speck of dust?

A subtle feeling of anxiety crept over me every time I passed by that large globe in the Geology gallery. The Earth was described as a mere speck of dust, and I felt cold and alone.

child with magnifying glass in gallery

Volunteer Fun

I used to work as a volunteer in the ROM's Hands On Biodiversity Gallery in the early 2000s. I always loved coming to the Gallery and seeing the honey bees busily working away in their hive.

Mr. Snuffleupagus

My friend, artist, and teacher, Margaret Ann [Clark] Fecteau told me this story. It is both funny and tragic, and took place, I think, in the late 1970s.

Elephants drinking

Elephants in the Basement

When my son was small enough to be carried in my arms for the day, I started taking him to the museum. He soon had his favourites.

A Place to Celebrate and Share

Tatyana Vukovic spreads the word after her first visit. She is part of a project launched in November 2013 called Explore150.

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The Tenth Muse

I am an aspiring Greco-Roman historian currently completing my undergrad. As such I write countless papers on varying historical topics.

How to Assemble a Dinosaur

This timelapse video shows how fast we had to work to construct the barosaurus in time for opening.

a boy draws in the gallery


This is one of my favourite images. We don't have a date or a name. To me, it conveys perfectly the connection with objects that we can foster. 

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Encounter with an Egyptian

This is my grandaughter Sasha on an early visit to the ROM. She has since enjoyed many sessions of March Break camp, Summer Club, and even a sleepover with her mother, who enjoyed such programs in her day.

Dave Barr in baseball cap cartoon

The Leonardo Syndrome

David Barr, who held curatorial and managerial positions at the ROM, was always an early adaptor. Recently, he enrolled in a MOOC and this is his first assignment: to create a digital object.

woman holds up a large facetted stone

Love at the ROM

Emily and Kyle met in line with hundreds of others at the architectural opening of the ROM’s crystal June 2nd 2007.  The line was long and they stood for 2 hours talking as they waited to see the new ROM.  A lot can happen in 2 hou

An Old Friend

I have always loved the Museum. I would spend every minute that I could there, sometimes doing my homework in the company of ancient Egyptian Pharaohs or dinosaurs. I loved everything about the museum.

small boy looks through magnifying glass with skeletons in the background

Life in the Biodiversity Gallery

ROM changed my life by giving me the opportunity to volunteer at the Biodiversity Gallery. A dream come true. I got to work and meet some very talented and dedicated people and my life was made better for it.

woman stands beside mummy case

Gayle's Story

When I was a girl in Grade School, my parents allowed me to take the bus and streetcar, by myself, down to the Museum every Sunday afternoon.

man with dinosaur skeleton

New Galleries

11 new galleries open over three years. The first two are the James and Louise Temerty Galleries of the Age of Dinosaurs and the Reed Gallery of the Age of Mammals. From Bloor Street there are tantalizing glimpses of bones.

statues in gallery

New Galleries in Oldest Wing

Ten new galleries open in the heritage buildings.

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John McNeill, Director, 1990 -1997

John McNeill is appointed Director. Coming to Toronto from a professorship in botany at the University of Ottawa, he has been the Associate Director, Curatorial.Here he speaks of his mandate.

man talking with people at reception

Campaign for Gallery Development

Serious fundraising for galleries begins with a target of $40 million. The Royal Terrace Club is established for donors. (It became the Royal Patrons' Circle in 1999)

CIBC tower 1930

My Three Things

When I was a kid, I was lucky to live close enough to the ROM to visit it on my own. And I did, frequently.

wall mural portraying a horse and knight at a tournament

ROM Murals Created

Sylvia Hahn, an artist on staff, completed four murals in what was then the Armour Court. Displays of armour were a popular museum feature.