Fun times at the ROM. The ticket sales men made my day when he told me I got in free on Tuesday’s because of my post secondary education. Then I went to sonic boom! and found a Tegan and Sara cd that I was missing for a steal of a deal. Its been an awesome day so far:) I hope everyone has had a great day tonight.
This is pretty much a greatest hits of some of the best natural history specimens we have on display!
More information on Free Student Tuesdays HERE!
Happy 100th birthday, ROM!
More AMAZING photos celebrating our 100th birthday!
Museum Diaries- A Look Behind The Scenes Of The Royal Ontario Museum!
I started volunteering at the ROM during March Break when I was 14 years old. Though my interests are based mostly in dinosaurs and space, my first memories of working at the Museum are actually in Ancient Egypt. The camp group I was in was learning about ancient Egyptian mummies. What amazed me most about them was not their intricate wrappings, death rituals or how they were honoured and decorated, but instead, I was impressed by the stories of their lives. Educators like the instructor, Beverley, in my first group, really inspired me into teaching and programming. Being able to weave incredible tales with history and science taught me more than any text book ever could. Fast forward 12 years and I’m now in a special position to help educate visitors to our Museum through all our family programs in our galleries.
Having grown up here at the Museum, as a visitor, camper, volunteer, and now an educator, I’ve now experienced and had a hand in all parts of a major event like Ancient Egypt Weekend. With this series, I’m really looking forward to viewers seeing all the individuals and details behind our programs. So many people, from curators and technicians, to conservators and preparators, to our amazing volunteers (a few just 14 years old like I was!), join up to make these events happen. My favourites parts are the behind the scenes pulling together of ideas and resources, and working the floor the day of and interacting with families. I’m thrilled viewers of Museum Diaries will get to see this entire process!
Being able to work with Rae, Gayle and the rest of our wonderful crew to bring out hands-on artifacts, special rarely seen specimens, and fun art projects is a privilege. The whole experience has also been a bit like coming full circle. Our new volunteers are in the same place I was just a decade ago, being exposed to new ideas, and learning about how to bring them out to the public. It’s a very rewarding experience!
- Our episode runs Tuesday April 1st, at 730PM on TVO. You can stream the episode the day after the broadcast HERE!
- The blog is based off a piece for our Ancient Egypt Weekend in 2012. It will also be featured on TVO’s Museum Diaries site.
- You can watch the previous 5 episodes HERE.
- Photos by Sarah-Rachel Camerino. All the dress up? It’s for the kids! But also for me cos I like doing funny things.
Written by @kironcmukherjee. Last update: March 24th, 2014.
Tourist in our home town continues with the Royal Ontario Museum. Can you tell J enjoyed this?
The best video a family has EVER made of their visit to the Museum.
Of course we play Dungeons & Dragons at the ROM. Don’t all museums?
Happy Belated Birthday to The Royal Ontario Museum
Oh how dumb am I! It has become a second nature to me to post on Thursday that when I queued this post up I scheduled it for today instead of yesterday. However, if you know me I am always late in saying my Happy Birthday’s so perhaps this just suits my personality.
Yesterday our beloved Royal Ontario Museum turned 100 years old. Now I have visited the ROM on multiple occasions whether it be school trips, dates or to see exhibits. I have even ingested some alcohol and had a dance battle in the ROM. Yes you read that correctly, I had dance battle in the ROM! It was during their Friday Night Live event, which I will post about once the spring session commences. However, I digress as usual. Today the building occupies 74,000 square metres, hosts 40 galleries and over 6 million artifacts, but back in 1914 the ROM was just the western portion.
At 3:00 p.m. on March 19, 1914 the building officially opened and was graced by royalty. The Duke of Connaught, who was Queen Victoria’s third son, was there as the museum opened its doors to the public for the very first time. With only 20 staff, compared to the over 300 today, the ROM was built by Frank Darling and John A. Pearson, who are responsible for a number of buildings in Toronto, most of them my favourite. Darling and Pearson were responsible for the original structure built in 1914 which is now known as the west wing.
Over the century the building has seen a number of new expansions, the first being in 1933 when two new sections were added to the museum. This included the east wing and a connection between east and west. The east entrance has always been my favourite. The Rotunda, which was once the entrance to the museum, is my top place to get married in the city. The mosaic ceiling is stunning and the colours are just perfect. The two lions outside the original entrance were always my favourite things to see before going in. In fact, and this is something I learned today, the two lions were carved in China in the 17th century, hence why they are probably always covered up in the winter. In 1979 the museum closed for almost three years as it built the southern portion.
The Michael Lee-Chin Crystal is the latest addition to the museum. The somewhat controversial piece of architecture is awed by the city’s tourists and questioned by Torontonians. In that time the Renaissance ROM expansion occurred at a price of $416 million opening new gallery space.
It should also be noted that The ROM also own the McLaughlin Planetarium which has sat vacant since 1995. The building is currently used a storage facility, but was sold to the University of Toronto. On that note, one cannot make mention of the ROM without mentioning of U of T. When the ROM first opened it was originally a venture between the province of Ontario and the University of Toronto. The university left the venture in 1968.
From the Rotunda to the Bat Cave and even the statue of Timothy Eaton, what isn’t to love about the ROM.
As a bonus, here’s a few tweets from our staff reunion party last night.
— Royal Ontario Museum (@ROMtoronto)March 19, 2014
I am in the Ellen spot
— W. Ryan Dodge (@wrdodger)March 20, 2014
We have the power to change the CN Tower.
Happy Birthday, Royal Ontario Museum! Celebrating 100 years!
The past 100 years have been a century of remarkable change. Through it all, the Museum has stood, changing with it. Today we celebrate our centennial, and look forward to another 100 years!
— Dave Rudkin (@RudkinDave)March 19, 2014
— Christina Birch (@CLBirch)March 19, 2014
— ROMBiodiversity (@ROMBiodiversity)March 19, 2014
— Stroumboulopoulos (@strombo)March 19, 2014
— amanda_fruci (@amanda_fruci)March 19, 2014
— Emily Graslie (@Ehmee)March 19, 2014
— Alyssa McLeod (@alyssa_a_mcleod)March 19, 2014
— David (P) Leonard (@davidpleonard)March 19, 2014
— Erin Atchison (@ejatchison)March 19, 2014
Having grown up at the Museum, it’s a honour to be able take part in this celebration. Through Tumblr and Twitter, I’ve been able to meet so many of you here at the Museum, and I hope that our year-long series of events (like May’s ROM Revealed) will allow me to meet more. Always let me know when you’re comin’ out!
If you haven’t been out since you were a kid, or ever even, this is probably the best time to become re/acquainted!
You can see what the world is saying about our birthday with the #ROM100 hashtag on twitter!
- Do you have a favourite memory of the Museum? Share it HERE with our crowd sourced ROM ReCollects project!
- Take a peek at the ROM’s upcoming events HERE!
- BlogTO has a wonderful write up on the Museum’s history HERE.
- The Toronto Star has always been a great supporter of the Museum. See what they’re sayin’ about #ROM100 HERE!
- The Grid has a nice infographic on 90 million years of specimens on display at the Museum HERE. SPOILER, we also have meteorites from the formation of the solar system, 4 billion+ years old, on display too.
- The Torontoist has an awesome review of the ROM’s opening in 1914 HERE.
- The Royal Ontario Museum circa 1914. ROM archives.
- The Royal Ontario Museum in mid 2013. Kiron Mukherjee