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Imaging Longevity

By Ka Bo Tsang,  Assistant Curator, Chinese Paintings & Textiles This large painting done in a hanging-scroll format is from a royal hand, that of Cixi, the Empress Dowager (1835-1908). Directly or indirectly, this most powerful woman in China in the latter half of the 19th century was in

#5Reasons to come to @ROMToronto this weekend!

So this weekend @ROMToronto? Kind of a big deal. On Saturday we’re covering all things archaeology and Sunday we’re doing the same with palaeontology. Maybe the two best ologies! SATURDAY October 20th- NATIONAL ARCHAEOLOGY DAY It’s National Archaeology Day, and, of course, we’re taking part

Citizenship Ceremony

The ROM and Citizenship and Immigration Canada hosted a citizenship ceremony during Citizenship Week on Monday, October 15, 2012, in the Samuel Hall/Currelly Gallery followed by a reception in Bronfman Hall. For the event, which was the first held at the ROM since the year 2000, the ROM and

National Archaeology Day at the ROM!

Why not escape the Toronto rain this Saturday and come to the ROM to hear about hot and sunny countries?  Saturday is  National Archaeology Day at the ROM, and we’ve been hard at work sorting out lots of events, talks and activities (for kids AND grown ups).  I don’t have any good

Phil Currie, the legend, my hero, is coming to the ROM!

One of the greatest experiences of my life occurred when I was just 7 years old. My mom took me for a week-long adventure to Alberta to visit Drumheller and the Badlands. The Badlands is an incredibly special place – the way only a barren, rocky and sandy place could be. Not only is it one

Life in the ROM DNA Lab

By Oliver Haddrath, Ornithology Technician DNA testing over the last 30 years has revolutionized many different fields ranging from health care to law enforcement to the study of human civilization and natural history.  The ROM was quick to adopt techniques such as DNA sequencing and genetic

#5Reasons for our Mediaeval Fair!

Five reasons why our Mediaeval Fair (September 29/30) is going to be awesome! The Mediaeval Fair at the ROM (running this weekend on September 29/30) has become a bit of a tradition over the years. It’s just fun. ROM staff and Medieval reenactors get all dressed up and talk about all things

ROM Mycologists in the field

Posting by Kirstin Bourne Mushroom season has only just started and already ROM mycologists have been out in the field conducting research and searching for new specimens to add to the museum collection. Last week I got the chance to join Jean-Marc Moncalvo, the ROM’s Senior Curator of Mycology,

A surprise photograph from India

Mystery portrait in the ROM's collection, later revealed to be Sunder Shyam Chadha in the film “Chhottii Babhi,” 1951 Painted photograph sent by the Friendship Force of Nashik, Dilip Kumar in the film "Ram Aur Shyam," 1967 In 2011, I curated the exhibit Embellished Reality:

Gem of the Month: Canadian Diamonds

Posting by Brendt Hyde, Mineralogy Technician The discovery of diamonds in the 1990’s marked a beginning for Canada’s first diamond mine, the Ekati Diamond Mine, located in the Northwest Territories.  It also marked the beginning of the, still relatively young, diamond mining industry in