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
When the entire Education department is out sick and a non-educator has to cover the Activity Room.
It’s important to know your strengths.
I don’t normally take a selfie, but when I do, it’s a #museumselfie.
Are you at a museum, near a museum, work in a museum? Do you like selfies? Do you not like selfies but want to get involved in an awesome international event? Then take a #museumselfie!
Learn more HERE and check out these other awesome submissions!
— Alyssa McLeod (@alyssa_a_mcleod)January 22, 2014
— April Hawkins (@aprilsMuseum)October 1, 2013
— B Millen (@B_Millen)January 22, 2014
Have you shared your #museumselfie yet? Stats 12:30 GMT 1,485 Photos 1 Videos 10,017 Tweets 5,199 Contributors— Mar (@MarDixon)January 22, 2014
— W. Ryan Dodge (@wrdodger)January 22, 2014
— Engaging Educator (@TheEngagingEd)January 22, 2014
- "Clever girl." Talkin’ Jurassic Park with Deinonychus.
- Obviously had to take a #MuseumSelfie with our Martian meteorites.
- Me with our latest addition, the 1 million dollar golden coin!
- Holla at my dude, Futalognkosaurus.
- Close encounter with Quetzalcoatlus.
- Me and former Toronto Zoo rhinoceros, Bull.
Written by @kironcmukherjee. Last update: January 22nd, 2014.
Zoe’s First Blog!
My name’s Zoe and I’m thrilled to be writing my first ever blog (and even more excited that it’s for the ROM). The ROM is well known for its intricate exterior architecture showing the contrast of the original 1914 building and the striking Michael Lee-Chin Crystal, which was made an addition in 2007. The structure of the ROM is really dramatic and very much appealed to me to start volunteering.
During ROM for the Holidays 2012/13 I volunteered at the ROM and worked with ROM educators at the Ice Age touch table. I worked with real and reproduction of artefacts and had the pleasure to explain to people walking by their significance in evolution and more specifically, the Ice Age. I enjoyed volunteering at the ROM so much that I applied further for more volunteer opportunities, which I was fortunate enough to get. Now, lets back to volunteering at ROM for the Holidays; after that great experience at the touch table I wanted to work in the anthropology industry. I almost felt intoxicated with information and I was excited that I found a new passion. Afterwards I began reading articles and watching videos that were based on anthropological finds and evolutionary studies.
During March of 2013 my school asked us to fill in a course selection sheet, I knew from then on that I wanted to work at the ROM, so I begged the co-op teacher at my school to let me do co-op at the ROM and I would not take a no for an answer. Despite many conflicts sorting it out, I finally was able to say “I will be doing co-op at the ROM.”
I was so thankful that I was able to work at the ROM studio because I love working with children and beings crafty. Even though I’m not fully doing stuff relating to anthropology I am still exposed to it every time I walk up and down the staircases and work with the programs.
It’s a dream come true to be working at the Royal Ontario Museum and I hope that I can keep working here in the future!
so my friends and I went to the Royal Ontario Museum last weekend…
Incredibly accurate recreations of ancient Greek statues.
Thanks for visiting!
Ten More Museums on My Bucket List:
You can read part one here. As with my first list this will likely reflect my interest in archaeology as well as some other extra nerdy things.
1. Natural History Museum in London, England, UK - The Natural History Museum has collections of botanical, entomological, mineralogical, paleontological, and zoological specimens. Some of the specimens were actually collected by Charles Darwin. The museum is particularly famous for its astounding dinosaur fossils, as well as for its beautiful architecture. Entry to the museum is free but there is a charge for some special exhibits.
2. Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA - The Peabody Museum is associated with Harvard University and is the oldest and largest anthropological museum in the Americas. The museum specializes in North, Central, and South American archaeology and ethnography but there are also exhibits devoted to the rest of the world and there’s a permanent collection from the Pacific Islands. There’s also an Osteological Collection which has both human and non-human primate fossils, remains, and casts from all over the world.
3. National Palace Museum in Shilin, Taipei, Taiwan - The National Palace Museum holds an incredible and vast collection of Chinese artifacts dating back 8000 years and encompassing Chinese history from the Neolithic to the Qing Dynasty. Many of the pieces were collected by ancient Chinese emperors meaning they’re in exquisite condition. The museum is most notable for its antiquities, paintings and calligraphy, and rare books and documents.
4. The State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia - The State Hermitage Museum is housed in several buildings including the Winter Palace which was former residence of the Russian emperors. The museum was founded by Catherine the Great and holds the largest collection of paintings in the world. Most people will go here for the Western European Art collection which covers the 13th through 20th centuries in paintings, sculptures and applied arts. However, I am most interested in the Prehistoric Art and Classical and Egyptian Antiquities. There’s also some Italian Renaissance work by Raphael and Michaelangelo I would love to see as well as paintings by Goya. The Knight’s Hall has a large collection of 15th-17th Century Western European arms and armor. If you’re into Russian art you’ll certainly find something you’ll like here.
5. Pergamon Museum in Berlin, Germany - The Pergamon Museum, like quite a few other European museums mentioned, is basically full of wondrous things excavated or stolen during the colonial age. This museum in particular houses an amazing collection of Near East treasures including the Ishtar Gate from ancient Babylon. There’s quite a lot of Islamic art and the reconstructed Pergamon Altar. However, part of the collection was taken by the Russians at the end of WWII and you can find some of it at the aforementioned State Hermitage Museum.
6. The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - Also known as the Penn Museum, The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology is both an educational and research institution. The museum houses a collection of artifacts from the Mediterranean, Near East, Egypt, Mesopotamia, South and East Asia, Mesoamerica, and Africa. In particular, artifacts were brought directly to the museum from excavations in Ur and Tikal and there are also large Egyptian and Chinese exhibits. The Penn Museum even has its own magazine, Expedition. The museum is an important resource for the school’s students. You can buy tickets in advance online and general admission is $15 but it’s $10 if you’re a full-time student and remember to bring your college ID. The museum is also free for University of Pennsylvania students and staff as well as museum members and U.S. military personnel. There are discounts for children and seniors.
7. Naples National Archaeological Museum in Naples, Italy - The Naples National Archaeological Museum contains a large collection of Roman artifacts from Pompeii, Stabiea, and Herculaneum. All the works are of extremely high quality and it is the most important and prominent archaeological museum in Italy. There are also Greek and Egyptian antiquities. Interestingly there is a Secret Cabinet in the museum which hosts a collection of erotic and sexual items from Pompeii and Herculaneum. Visitors under the age of 14 have to be accompanied by an adult for this section.
8. Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, Ontario, Canada - The Royal Ontario Museum is dedicated to both natural history and world culture. It’s notable for its collection of dinosaur fossils, minerals, meteorites, Near Eastern and African art, and artifacts related to European and Canadian history. There’s also a large collection of Art Deco items including clothing.
9. Viking Ship Museum in Oslo, Norway - There are two Viking Ship Museums, one in Norway and one in Denmark. I’m talking about the one in Norway. It is part of the Museum of Cultural History of the University of Oslo and houses archaeological findings from several Viking Age excavations. The main attraction are the Oseburg (pictured), Gokstad, and Tune ships but there are other various findings. This is a relatively small museum so it won’t take too long to see everything. However, it’s still a must for Viking fanatics.
10. International Museum of Surgical Science in Chicago, Illinois. USA - Okay, this one’s not going to be everyone’s cup of tea but if you’re into medicine, anatmoy, forensics, biological anthropology, etc. this is a pretty cool museum. There are exhibits dealing with various aspects of both Western and Eastern medicine. If you’re not in the Chicago area and you’re looking for something a little bit larger you might want to check out the Mütter Museum in Philadelphia which I mentioned in my previous post or the Wellcome Collection in London which I will probably talk about in a future post.
We’d LOVE to have you out anytime!
Until then, here’s some ways to visit us virtually!