Renaissance ROM

drawing of maiasaur

The ROM is "Ours"

For many years, the ROM was our second home. We seemed to be there almost every weekend. As each of our children were born, they were just put in the stroller and off we went. The ROM was a very comfortable place to be.

The Cost of Steel and Other Challenges

William Thorsell talks about some surprises that contributed to the costs of Renaissance ROM.

group photo in front of Crystal doors

Hilary Weston Leads Campaign

Hilary Weston leads the fundraising campaign, which will restore the heritage architecture and build "the crystal". She announces a gift of $30 million from Michael Lee Chin, the largest gift to a museum in Canadian history.

Sketch of building on napkin.

Architect Chosen

Daniel Libeskind is announced as the architect for the project, following an international search. He sketches (and submits)  his idea on napkins from the ROM's restaurant. William Thorsell talks about the process.

President William Thorsell's official portrait dark background

William Thorsell, President and CEO 2000 - 2010

William Thorsell is appointed President and CEO. Soon follows the announcement of the most ambitious renovation yet. The Master Plan costing $200 million is called Renaissance ROM. Here he talks about his arrival at the ROM.