Stories

Updating Visitors' First Impresssions

Updating Visitors' First Impresssions

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1970s

During the 70s, there were no big changes to the buildings,  but small touches such as new glass doors, removal of turnstiles, and an information kiosk in the Rotunda were instituted. Outdoors there were display cases and benches. One small new construction contained a cafeteria, a children’s...

School Outreach

School Outreach

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1950s

Classes for school children begin in 1933 and continue today.  Lillian Payne, the first teacher, paid for by the Toronto School Board, worked at the ROM for 21 years. Not only did the children come to the ROM- in the 20s, groups from northern Ontario came by train to visit- but also the ROM...

A Tale/Tail

A Tale/Tail

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1970s

I used to kill time before U of T evening midterms by visiting the ROM. One evening while in the Natural History exhibit (the stuffed animals) I overheard a young boy ask his mom why the beaver had a flat tail. Mom replied, "That isn't his real tail, it is just the museum's...

Hilary Weston Leads Campaign

Hilary Weston Leads Campaign

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2000s

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.

An Important Benefactor

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1990s

Louise Hawley Stone donates $2 million to endow a permanent curatorial position, a chair in Far Eastern Art named for her. (In 2013 there are 8 endowed curatorships)

James Cruise, Director 1975- 85

James Cruise, Director 1975- 85

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1970s

James Cruise is appointed Director.  A botanist, he has been recruited from the University of Toronto. For the next decade, he oversees physical expansion and a new mission that is captioned “Meaningful Survival”. Almost immediately, the dream must be revised, as the provincial government...

Campaign for Gallery Development

Campaign for Gallery Development

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1980s

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)

17th millionth visitor

17th millionth visitor

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1960s

Following the opening of ROM's doors on March 19, 1914, 17 million visitors have walked through the galleries. In a decade, attendance has grown by 6 million visitors.

ROM Murals Created

ROM Murals Created

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1940s

Sylvia Hahn, an artist on staff, completed four murals in what was then the Armour Court. Displays of armour were a popular museum feature. Charles Currelly, Director of the ROM of Archaeology,  thought that armour was an important resource for teaching about history and craftsmanship. Keeping...

Institute for Contemporary Culture Established

Institute for Contemporary Culture Established

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1980s

The founders of this new initiative had in mind exhibits of photography, but the mandate evolved. Shows were mounted once a year. One early show depicted and analysed teenage tribes. Over the years, the mission has grown to encompass innovative exhibits and public events tackling living societies...