A Great Ship's Bell Tolls Again

On September 7, 2014, one of Canada’s greatest mysteries was solved when the 2014 Victoria Strait Expedition team discovered Her Majesty’s Ship Erebus off the coast of Nunavut. After more than 160 years of searching to understand the fate of English explorer Sir John Franklin’s ill-fated Arctic voyage, the team had located one of Franklin’s historic ships.

Together with a national network of history museums and partners (including the Government of Canada, Parks Canada and the Royal Canadian Navy), the ROM is proud to share this story with audiences across the country through special events, dynamic pop-up displays, and inspired public programming. The Franklin Outreach Project, a three-year initiative with Parks Canada, will bring fascinating material to museums from coast to coast, sharing underwater excavations and exciting new discoveries with the public in real time!

As Canada’s world museum, the ROM is uniquely positioned to share the Franklin story and this remarkable program will increase public awareness and accessibility to the research, artifacts and history behind the Franklin Expedition.

Help us tell this thrilling Canadian story!
The ROM is engaging Canadians in this important piece of our history. Special thanks to generous donors the W. Garfield Weston Foundation, Jim Balsillie, the WB Family Foundation, and John Irving. To learn how you can help support the Franklin Project, please contact Katie McMillan at 416.586.5582 or katiem@rom.on.ca.