The ROM Celebrates Their 100th Year


On March 19th, 1914 the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto opened their doors for the first time.  The Duke of Connaught was on hand and said “One of the most important functions of a museum is popular education; to show their treasures in a way that appeals to the ordinary mortal, and to arouse popular interest in art, natural history, and kindred subjects.”  His words still hold true, and after 100 years the ROM is launching a year long celebration that will see four new legacy projects created.

Of the four legacy projects, the most interesting is perhaps the Welcome Project, which will enhance the interior lobby of the ROM as well as create a new performance space outside the building along Bloor Street.  They are also introducing a gallery of early life, a programming fund to animate the ROM’s Centres of Discovery, and a Director’s Fund to help enhance the ROM for future generations.

If you are in Toronto this evening, you will get to see the CN Tower lit up in the ROM’s signature purple in honour of the Centennial, and the Mayor himself Rob Ford declared that March 19th, 2014 is the Royal Ontario Museum Centennial Day in Toronto.

The ROM is Canada’s largest museum of natural history and world cultures, and one of North America’s best. What many people don’t know is that the ROM was originally five separate museums before being combined into one large one.  There are over 6 million objects in their collection, including the bust of Cleopatra VII, the Egyptian Book of the Dead, a 90 foot long Barosaurus, and the Striding Lion Terracotta Relief that once was in the palace of King Nebuchadnezzar II.

One hundred years after the Duke of Connaught opened the ROM, Queen Elizabeth stated in a letter from Buckingham Palace that her great grand-uncle’s sentiment still holds true and that “I trust that the Royal Ontario Museum will continue to inspire wonder, promote learning, and build communities in the next 100 years and beyond.”

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