Thursday 9 June 2016

The Royal Ontario Museum

My Grandad used to go there every year for the Royal Winter Fair where he admired the beautiful horses.  I visited there in Grade 7 for the King Tut Exhibit.  It attracts over one million visitors each year.

The Royal Ontario Museum was officially opened in 1914 by the Governor General of Canada. Situated at the edge of Toronto's built up area, it was deliberately placed near the University of Toronto, the institution which governed it for decades.  The original museum included five buildings representing:  Archeology, Paleontology, Minerology, Zoology and Geology.

The first addition to the ROM, the South Wing, was built during the Great Depression.  In 1968, the ROM opened a Planetarium funded by a generous donor Sam McLaughlin, the head of General Motors of Canada.  The Michael Lee Chin Crystal was added to the front of the ROM in 2007.

Notable exhibits over the years include:

  • King Tut's Tomb (1979)
  • Into the Heart of Africa (1989)
  • Anne of Green Gables manuscript (2007)
  • Pierre Trudeau's birchbark canoe (2007)
  • Avro Arrow Landing Gear (2007)
  • Dead Sea Scrolls (2009)
  • Pompeii (2015)

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