On October 1, Currelly Legacy Society (CLS) members enjoyed a private, before-hours viewing of the Royal Ontario Museum’s latest exhibition, Egyptian Mummies: Ancient Lives. New Discoveries.
This was the first time many CLS members had returned to the ROM since the Museum reopened its doors in August. With the gallery all to themselves, they enjoyed the opportunity to explore the mummies and other rare ancient Egyptian artifacts in a comfortable, crowd-free atmosphere.
For Nathan Ho, it was a great way to experience the exhibition in a post-pandemic environment–so great, in fact, that he even brought his mother. Although hesitant at first, “she quickly was reassured when she saw the small groupings,” he says. In addition to off-hours viewings, the ROM has also implemented a number of new measures to ensure the safety of visitors, including limiting the number of admissions to the Museum per day and asking guests to pre-book their timed-entry tickets online.
In this time of social and physical isolation, opportunities to connect with others are more important than ever. Margaret Cameron found hope in the ROM’s ability to adapt and find new ways to safely engage audiences. “The ROM is an open institution encouraging us not only to learn from the past, but also, to find ways to manage the future,” she says.
Members of the Currelly Legacy Society enjoy exclusive invitations to many in-person and virtual ROM events throughout the year. Look out for more engagements coming soon.