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Michael Lee-Chin Crystal

Name Inspired by the ROM's unique mandate- to build bridges of understanding and appreciation for the world's diverse cultures and precious natural environments- Michael Lee-Chin's extraordinary $30 million gift to the ROM is an act of both gratitude and hope: gratitude to this

Charles T. Currelly

Charles Trick Currelly, more than anyone else, created the art and archaeology collections of the ROM. Currelly was born at Exeter, Ontario in 1876. Although trained as a Methodist minister, following his graduation from the University of Toronto, he devoted himself to archaeological work, first in

The Eaton Family

For much of the 20th century the Eaton family name was one of the most recognized in Canada. Timothy Eaton founded his first department store in 1869, in Toronto. The T. Eaton Company grew quickly and, by the late 1920s, had become the largest department store business in Canada. To commemorate the

Michael Lee-Chin

On April 2, 2003, the ROM announced a gift of $30 million towards the Renaissance ROM project, from Michael Lee-Chin—a man little known outside of business circles. This astonishing gift inaugurated the public fundraising campaign for Renaissance ROM. Lee-Chin was born in Port Antonio, Jamaica in

Sir Robert Ludwig Mond

A chemist, industrialist and archaeologist, Sir Robert Ludwig Mond followed the motto: “Make yourself necessary”. Born to a famous chemist, Sir Robert Mond carried out research in his father’s firm which in 1926 was incorporated into Imperial Chemical Industries. In the early 1900s, he was

Group tours, education and youth

School Tours for High School Students Prepared by ROM Education in partnership with ‘Facing History and Ourselves’ Students will examine the development of human rights in Canada during the 20th century using evocative artifacts from the ROM collection, and view Observance and Memorial. To

Sir Edmund Boyd Osler

Sir Edmund Boyd Osler gave generously to foster the foundation and growth of the Museum. Edmund Osler started his business career as a clerk in the Bank of Upper Canada. He later became president of several companies including the Ontario and Quebec Railway and the Dominion Bank, and a director of

The Samuel Family

The Samuel family has enjoyed a long and close association with the Museum. At the age of 10 young Sigmund Samuel was already collecting – stamps. A year later he began to work for his father. The family business supplied local factories with metal, and the company grew quickly as Canada

Louise Hawley Stone

Louise Hawley Stone was a devoted friend of the ROM. The Museum’s first volunteer, she was also a donor, fundraiser, Board member and committee chair. In 1940, Louise Hawley Stone came to a lecture by the ROM’s new Keeper of the Chinese Collections, Bishop William White. Hooked, she studied