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The ROM's Highest Priority Needs

There is no more powerful way to transform every experience with art, culture and nature at the ROM than through unrestricted support. Your gift can enhance groundbreaking exhibitions, help interpret and expand our collections and bring our education and community outreach programs to even more people.

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Unrestricted funding provides the ROM the greatest flexibility to meet our most immediate needs. In a world moving faster than ever, such funding enables the Museum to capitalize on emerging opportunities that are often difficult to foresee. From supporting pressing research projects and conservation issues to integrating new technologies that allow us to share our collections in more relevant, participatory ways, unrestricted support is what drives the ROM as an essential destination for understanding.

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ROM Accessibility

How can the ROM make its collections and programs not only more open to the public, but relevant to the unique demands of our diverse communities? Through our ROM Community Access Network (ROMCAN) programs, your gift can deepen your Museum’s leadership in access and inclusion.

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Through the expansive reach of our ROMCAN partners, we build connections with underserved groups that otherwise may have limited engagement with the Museum. From supporting new partnerships with community partners to assistive technologies and other accessibility services, your support can help share the wonder of the ROM with all audiences, regardless of background, circumstance, needs or abilities.

Welcoming New Canadians

A ROM visit can connect children and adults to their cultural heritage or new country. As part of our ROMCAN initiatives, the Museum introduced two enhanced newcomer welcome programs. In partnership with the Institute for Canadian Citizenship, the ROM was a founding partner in the Ahlan (Welcome) Cultural Access Pass program that gives facilitated group visits to Syrian newcomers. The ROM also partnered with the Toronto Public Library to expand the Museum + Arts Pass program with the Newcomer Welcome Pass for Syrian newcomers. These passes provide free ROM family visits for library cardholders

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ROM Acquisitions

Collections are the core of any great museum, and where experiences of art, culture and nature ignite understanding at the ROM. Your gift to support acquisitions across core collecting areas will strengthen our ability to inspire discovery and promote learning for generations to come.

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The ROM’s collections include more than six million objects and specimens, whose embedded knowledge can challenge the understanding of our past and catalyze new ideas that transform our future. Your gift to help fund new acquisitions will expand research opportunities for established and emerging scholars, where the insights they uncover directly engage visitors through our exhibitions, galleries and education programs.

New Dinosaur Species

It’s not every day a new dinosaur species is discovered, and it’s even more exciting when it is named in honour of long-time ROM supporters, James and Louise Temerty. Dr. David Evans and a team of scientists unearthed Acheroraptor, the “raptor” like dinosaur in Montana, USA and the original fossils wouldn’t be on display today if it weren’t for support from donors just like you.

“We are proud to support ground breaking palaeontology research initiatives at the ROM, which provide fascinating insights into our history and the world we live in,” - James Temerty

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ROM Research

The ROM is the largest field research in Canada, where our experts address the planet’s most pressing challenges and the questions that fascinate each of us. Your gift will help ensure that the Museum remains an intellectual enterprise as equally distinctive as our world-renowned collections.

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Deeply integrated into every aspect of the ROM, our curators are central to provoking insights that so often change the way we view and experience our world. Your gift in support of research will enable our experts to pursue their boldest ideas, expanding the resources to chart bold new directions in scholarship and programming. It can also expand research opportunities at the Museum for postdoctoral students and emerging scholars, who often bring new ideas and perspectives.

Blue Whale Genomic Discovery

Enabled by donor support, ROM scientists are currently analyzing tissue samples recovered from the Blue Whales found off of the coast of Newfoundland. They are generating a body of data as monumental in scale as the animals themselves! Donor funds have also enabled a postdoctoral fellowship in bioinformatics—a field of study that employs mathematical models to translate complex genetic data into actionable information. This collaborative research project, under the leadership of Dr. Mark Engstrom, ROM Deputy Director and Senior Curator of Mammalogy, is charting unexplored directions in understanding the species’ genomic structure, while also establishing critical baseline data that will greatly benefit conservation studies on the remaining population.

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ROM Learning

Nurturing curiosity and promoting the pursuit of lifelong learning is perhaps one of the most profound ways the ROM transforms our future. By making a gift to ROM Learning, your support will help cultivate the next generations of engaged citizens and change makers.

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As the largest co-curricular educational institution in Canada, the ROM engages approximately 1, 000,000 students onsite and off each year, with hands-on, multisensory learning programs that ignite potential. Your gift in support of education at the ROM will help students connect with our collections and research in more relevant, participatory ways, while also extending our reach and impact to even more schools across Canada and worldwide.

ROM Travelling Programs

For students and teachers in schools where geographic barriers may pose challenges to visiting the ROM, our Travelling Programs help bring the wonder of Museum experiences to audiences in underserved communities. Last year, our Travelling EduKits—portable cases that include real ROM artifacts and resource materials—reached more than 136,232 students. Also, our Travelling Planetariums reached more than 3,775 students; and our Travelling Exhibitions, made available on loan to educational institutions across Canada, reached more than 148,890 persons.

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ROM Library and Archives

The Richard Wernham and Julia West Library has over 470,000 volumes, and subscribers to over 150 current journals and magazines. The library itself supports intense scholarship at the Museum by connecting our curators and visiting scholars with reference resources that enable them to more closely probe our collections for new insights. By helping support major cataloguing and digital initiatives at the ROM, we can provide volumes in more accessible formats that enhance research productivity, while also ensuring the long-term preservation of these materials.

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Its collections specialize in a wide range of subject areas, reflecting the encyclopaedic breadth of the ROM's collections and research activities including anthropology, archaeology, botany, costume, textiles, the decorative arts and much, much more. Your vital gift in support of the ROM’s library will help keep the Museum at the centre of intellectual inquiry, enriching discovery across every collection area. For both the general public and researchers, your gift can advance the maintenance of and access to these fascinating volumes and other resources that empower education and study in international and local communities.

A Unique Resource for Researchers

ROM Library & Archives holds more than 7,000 rare books and manuscripts including the recent acquisition of a copy of Sports et Divertissements, a musical score by French composer Erik Satie which features cubist-style illustrations by Charles Martin. This captivating album combines twenty brief piano pieces and is considered a unique resource for researchers in design history, merging music and fashion into one fascinating publication.