The Royal Ontario Museum is one of Canada’s finest, and most popular museums. It is also the largest and it includes a vast collection that explores human and the natural world’s past. This museum is also home to some of the most well-known scholars in the world. It hosts several galleries and innovative programs that attract millions of people every year.
The Royal Ontario Museum is found in Toronto. It was established in 1912 after a special legislature act. The museum was first accessed by the public in March, 1914. When the museum was initially opened, it was made up of five individual museums. My grandmother used to take me and my brother there all the time when we were little.. I sure miss her. She passed two years ago from breast cancer.
These museums were dedicated to zoology, paleontology, mineralogy, geology, and archeology. In 1955, these museums amalgamated. The University of Toronto managed the museums until 1968 when it was turned into an individual corporate. It is now one of the Government of Ontario agencies but it still maintains connections with the university.
The building that houses this historical museum was constructed in phases. The initial building, which is now the museum’s west wing, was made accessible to the public in 1914. Two more sections were opened in 1933 including an east wing and center block designed to link the two wings. It was later renovated and reopened in 1982.
This museum offers various public programs including artifacts and specimen identification, dramatic performances, demonstrations, lectures, films, and concerts. Several volunteers conduct tours in the museum.
In 2002, the museum launched a fundraising campaign headed by William Thorsell, its director and CEO at the time. This campaign was put in place to allow the museum to put more of its popular collections on display. The campaign managed to raise several millions of dollars that have allowed the museum to set up new gallery spaces and renovate existing ones.
A digital gallery was also set up to offer an interactive experience for the public, students, and scholars. The museum also expanded it’s retail and restaurant space using the funds collected during the campaign.
One of the best aspects about this museum is its varied collections. This museum has more than 6 million objects. It has collections related to ethnology, anthropology, Eastern / Asian items, Roman and Greek collections and one of the largest Byzantine collections in history.
The collections are obtained from different parts of the world and this makes a visit to this museum a global experience. It also features one of the finest collections of meteorites, rocks, gems, and minerals. Its galleries display science, art, and archeology collections and this has made it one of the most popular destinations for students.
One of the things that make this museum stand out is its role in research. Its curatorial staff is involved in various studies and this offers a strong academic foundation for all the public events that are hosted in the museum.
It has a team of archeologists who carry out field excavations in different parts of the world such as Canada, Egypt, Central America, the Middle East, and China. The Royal Ontario Museum’s curators offer consultation services to several provincial, national, and international organizations. Its staff publishes a large number of scholarly and general publications every year.