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Supporting Shows That Matter

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Newly-founded Royal Exhibitions Circle supports special exhibitions

What’s on at the ROM? Ask friends and they’ll inevitably tell you about the newest special exhibition. For many of us, it’s a catalyst to visit and leads to a memory that lingers long after we leave the Museum.

The ROM has an outstanding record of exhibition success. Recent shows including Out of the Depths: The Blue Whale Story, Pompeii: In the Shadow of the Volcano, and Tattoos: Ritual. Identity. Obsession. Art. all broke attendance records. 

“An unforgettable ROM show leaves deep, indelible impressions, giving people the opportunity to see our world afresh and connecting them to new ideas and passions,” says Rob Pierce, Chairman of the ROM Board of Governors and one of the founding members of the new Royal Exhibitions Circle.

This exciting new program was founded in 2017 by a group of visionary donors. Over the next three years, these “partners in storytelling” will enable a portfolio of world-class, thought-provoking exhibitions that feature and amplify ROM encyclopaedic collections, strong partnerships, and international curatorial research. 

The Museum is deeply grateful for the generosity, commitment, and vision of Gail & Bob Farquharson; Robert E. Pierce & Family; James & Louise Temerty; Richard Wernham & Julia West; Jeff Willner & Family; and an anonymous donor.

“Special exhibitions are at the heart of our 21st-century ROM,” says Director & CEO Josh Basseches. “Not only do they combine creativity of thought, innovation, and contemporary relevance—they act as a megaphone for what it is we care about as a Museum and as a society.”

To learn more about the Royal Exhibitions Circle, please contact Kirsten Kamper at or 416.586.5751.