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Inspiring Stories

Celebrating your philanthropy

Many of us are familiar with the expression ‘the people make the place’ and nowhere is this truer than at the ROM. The Museum would not be a world-class cultural institution without the generous support of so many individuals, families and corporations. Here are just a few stories of ROM volunteers and donors who have gone above and a beyond.     


The ROM proudly welcomed 200 guests for an unforgettable evening of Pompeian flair and style in celebration of the Canadian premiere of Pompeii: In the Shadow of the Volcano

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.

A YPC member since 2011, Claude Tambu grew up in the Democratic Republic of Congo. We sat down with Claude to learn more about his philanthropy and love for the ROM.

Hosted by technology expert and journalist Kris Abel, YPC Speaks celebrated 10 extraordinary years of the Young Patrons Circle (YPC) by exploring how we interact with our world through technology.

More than 350 ROM Patrons and guests were among the first to see Douglas Coupland: everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything at an exclusive preview. 

Michael Lee-Chin’s extraordinary gift of $30 million in support of the ROM in 2003 was one of the largest philanthropic gifts to a cultural institution in Canadian history. 

Jean’s first involvement with the Royal Ontario Museum began around 1994. We sat down with Jean to learn more about her increbible support of Canada's world museum. 

A one-of-a-kind ore and mineral collection is making its way to the ROM, thanks to the amazing generosity of our donors and corporate sponsors. 

Currelly Society members gathered for a traditional afternoon tea in celebration of the ROM’s Centennial on April 3, 2014. More than 100 guests enjoyed fine teas, gourmet sweets and savoury bites.

As a lead donor to the Museum’s Love the ROM Centennial Campaign, Hatch has demonstrated a deep commitment to supporting communities by investing in dynamic educational initiatives and advancing higher education in science, technology and math.