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Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada

Part of the Water: H2O = Life exhibition.


The Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada

Toronto's Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) is Canada's largest museum of natural history and world cultures. Created in 1912, the Museum has six million objects in its collections and galleries showcasing art, archaeology, and natural sciences from around the world, with a spotlight on Canada's culture and natural history. The ROM conducts important scientific and academic research around the world in partnership with prominent institutions and governments, placing it among leading knowledge producers and communicators.

In 2001, the ROM launched a $270 million expansion and renovation project known as Renaissance ROM. Designed by renowned architect Daniel Libeskind in a joint venture with Bregman Hamann Architects, this project transformed the museum through bold new architecture that provides 300,000 square feet of new and renovated space, including 40,000 square feet of additional gallery space, and improved public amenities.

The first stage of Renaissance ROM, comprising 10 new galleries and public spaces in the historic buildings, opened to the public on December 26, 2005.

The Michael Lee-Chin Crystal received its Architectural Opening and Building Dedication on June 2, 2007, and opened in stages between August 2007 and April 2008.

"We are pleased that Water: H2O = Life will be appearing at the Royal Ontario Museum--its only Canadian venue. While Canada is the second largest country in the world, it has the largest surface area of fresh water. An abundance of fresh water is something Canadians take for granted; and the future of it is of great importance to us. With the ROM's dual mandate of nature and culture, it is one of the most compelling and appropriate subjects for the ROM to explore."

William Thorsell
Director and CEO
Royal Ontario Museum