Where the Brick Works meets the Museum
All ‘round the Museum, inside and out, you’ll notice these big pink signs displaying a little fact about our history. This one is my favourite. Our Head of Facilities likes to tell me that not only does the Museum hold artifacts and specimens but it is one itself with an important place in Toronto’s history.
I find new cool stuff every time I go
"Find new cool stuff every time" should be our new tagline.
Summer Club 2014 was ALREADY our largest camp ever in May (LONG before camp started), exceeding last year’s record set at the end of the summer. To help make this work we have a huge crew of great staff (many former campers!) including 117 volunteers, 42 assistants, and 21 instructors. Of course there’s also the rest of the Museum! Staff from all the over ROM take part in camp, through tours of collections, guest appearances, setting up spaces, or even just marveling at our campers amazing art. Shout out to ROM staff who also send their kids to camp too! You’ll see us throughout the Museum for the next 9 weeks, gaining inspiration from the amazing galleries, learning from our fantastic instructors and making friends to last a life time (I know I have!).
- To see more from Summer Club follow along at #summerclub2014 on twitter. We’ll also be posting quite a bit on Tumblr too!
We can’t wait to get back to our favourite time of the year!
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.