I’ve been in Toronto several times, but have never visited the Royal Ontario Museum, or ROM as it’s known to its friends. I see its worth, but I’m not really much of a museum-goer, so it tends to slide down the list.
Since I have no personal stories to relate or photos to share, I’ll do a point-form review, based on Wiki’s site and ROM’s own site. Next time you’re in Toronto, by all means visit it, and let me know what you liked the best.
Now, just the facts, ma’am . . .
Established – 1912
Opened – 1914
Expanded 1933, 1978 – 1984, and 2002 – 2005
Visitors – 1 million/year
Words used to describe (different parts of) its architecture and design – neo-Romanesque, neo-Byzantine, Gothic revival, modernist, deconstructivist, and, umm, leaky
Number of items – 6 million, including 150,000 specimens from the Burgess Shale (one National Treasure to another, I guess)
Number of galleries – 5 at the start, now up to 40
Gallery naming conventions – Used to reflect only what they displayed, but now are more likely to be named after a sponsor
Korean art – The only such gallery in Canada
This is one of a series on Canadian national treasures – my sesquicentennial project. They reflect people (living and dead), places and things that I think are worth celebrating about our country, and are done in no order of precedence.