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YPC Vault Tour invertebrate palaeontology


YPC Vault Tour: Monday, September 15, 2014

We hope you can join us for another opportunity to explore the ROM's vaults. In response to your feedback, we've updated this popular event series to accommodate more people. Look for your invitation this month!

YPC Garden Party 2013

This month

YPC Garden Party, Monday, August 18, 2014

This year we're returning to DEQ at The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto for another evening of gourmet snacks, delectable drinks and fun ROM activities.

We're excited to welcome Crystal Head Vodka as our exclusive premium spirit sponsor. Inspired by this new partnership, guests will enjoy a unique guessing game using specimens from the ROM vaults.

To RSVP, contact Jessica Hall-Cummings at ypc@rom.on.ca 

Beer Sponsor
Kronenbourg 1664

Venue Sponsor


Group at FNL May 2014

Save the Date

Friday Night Live (FNL)
Fridays, October 10 to November 28, 2014

New this season, YPC will host a specially programmed space at every FNL. Meet up with fellow YPC Members and network with FNL attendees. Stay tuned for more details!

Friday Night Live is presented by Ford of Canada and supported by Peroni Nastro Azzurro.

Art Toronto 2013

Save the Date

Art Toronto Tour, Saturday, October 25, 2014

Join us for a docent-led tour of Art Toronto, Canada’s only international fair for modern and contemporary art. Includes free access to Art Toronto for two. Look for your invitation in September.

Art Toronto Logo 2014


child drawing a picture of a dinosaur

Advanced-Purchase Windows

High-demand program such as ROM Early Learners will sell out. Don't miss your chance to reserve your spot for Tiny Tots and ROM Moms this fall!
Patrons Advanced Window: August 4-5, 2014

ROM Camps and Sleepovers 2014/15
These include: Saturday Morning Club, Sleepovers, ROM Kids’ Days, Family Workshops and March Break Camp. Book your favourites for the entire year during your exclusive registration period.

Patrons Advanced Window: August 1-7, 2014


Let's ROM

People visiting the ROM's Forbidden City exhibition

Don't miss The Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China's Emperors


Closes September 1, 2014

For over 500 years, the gates of the world’s largest imperial palace were closed to all but the emperor, his family and servants. This stunning exhibition invites you to cross the threshold and see over 200 national treasures from Beijing's Palace Museum—some travelling outside China for the first time.  

Already visited? Plan a return visit! Due to the fragile nature of some of the treasures on loan from The Palace Museum, the more sensitive objects; (i.e, select textiles, paintings and paper objects), have been replaced with a brand-new rotation of treasures. Mark your calendars to visit the exhibition again. 

Presented by the Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation and Lead Sponsor Manulife.

ROM Conservator Heidi Sobol working on the portrait of Lady Wakler

Current Exhibition

The Walker Portraits, Sigmund Samuel Gallery of Canada, Level 1

Sir Byron Edmund Walker (1848–1924) served as president of the Canadian Bank of Commerce from 1907 to 1924. He was also a generous patron of the arts. It was his dream to see a major museum in Toronto, and he used his influence and connections to bring this idea to fruition. Walker was the ROM’s first chairman, and retained the position until his death in 1924. The ROM is proud to continue its long-term relationship with CIBC, this year's Centennial Partner.


The Hockey Hall of Fame

Program Highlight

ROMwalks, August 2014

ROMwalks are free guided tours of Toronto's architectural and historic neighbourhoods. Walks take place Wednesday evenings and Sunday afternoons from May to October. This month, ROMwalks feature a diverse selection of tours including: Parkdale (August 6), Mount Pleasant Cemetery (August 17), Then and Now (the ROM and its Neighbours) and the Annex (August 20).


Gifts and Recent Events

Young Patrons in the ROM's Forbidden City exhibition

Thank you to our generous supporters

Please join us in welcoming these new Members

Farhana Ahmed – YPC Voyager - $600
Renee Chaaya– YPC Voyager - $600
Roman D. Cezar– YPC Voyager - $600
Lesley Eng– YPC Voyager - $600
Tanya May & Dennis Kar– YPC Explorer - $1,000
Lauren Michell– YPC Voyager - $600
Adam & Jessica Provencher– YPC Adventurer - $1,500

Thank you for increasing your support!

Shane McDowell & Blair Bonang - YPC Adventurer - $1,500

YPC Members on a ROM Walk in Yorkville

Recent Event


On July 14, 2014, we had our inaugural YPC ROM Walk in Yorkville. With a turnout of almost 70 people, the tour was a great success and we look forward to offering more ROM Walks in the future. Many thanks to the Four Seasons Hotel Toronto for offering Members a complimentary charcuterie tasting at d|bar.


More photos

YPC Members on a ROM Walk in Yorkville

YPC Members on a ROM Walk in Yorkville

The Essential 10

Prerna Chandak, close up of face

Prerna Chandak

YPC Member since July 2013

What is your occupation?
I work in capital markets at Vanguard Investments Canada. 

What do you love most about the ROM?
I love that the Museum has the ability to transform perspectives. The ROM provides a wonderful cultural and educational experience. It takes us away from our present environment (even just for a brief moment) into the far reaches of the world.

Why did you join YPC?
To meet and engage with other young supporters of the ROM.

What do you like best about being a Young Patron of the ROM?
I am able to support a local cultural institution in a meaningful way, and share that with others around me.

If you could have anything from the ROM's collection, what would you choose?
The three-metre tall marble standing Buddha from the late 6th century.

What was the last book you read?
Women Who Don’t Wait in Line: Break the Mold, Lead the Way by Reshma Saujani.

Which one person would you invite to dinner, living or dead, real or fictional?
Queen Rania of Jordan—I’d love to hear her candid views on the political and economic future of the Middle East. While living in a suppressed region, she has been very vocal about her beliefs on education for all and supports a number of projects to promote education among children.

If you could only listen to one song for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Beautiful Day—U2.

What is your favorite place in the world?
New York City—that city defines me to the core.

Tell us a secret about yourself.
I took ballet lessons for years as a child. I didn't always enjoy the rigorous schedule but looking back, I feel it helped me gain a lot of confidence and focus.

To submit your own YPC Essential 10 profile, contact us at ypc@rom.on.ca.

Triceratops Dig 2014 Recap

Quarry Map with Triceratops bones

By: Dr. David Evans, Curator, Vertebrate Palaeontology

Our time at the Triceratops site came to an end on Friday, June 27, 2014. As we rushed to get the last jackets out of the quarry and close down the site for the year, a menacing storm was rolling in, but we made it out just in time. With the back of our pick-up truck filled with plaster jackets, we headed back to the ROM. Even though we had rain and water troubles during our dig, we accomplished a lot over the short two-week field season. We mapped 64 bones (!) and collected most of these during our field time.

The quarry map (above) shows just how jumbled up the bones of our Triceratops were—the jaw is on top of a rib, the shoulder blade lies on top of vertebrae, and the pelvic bones (the  ischium) are separated at one end of the quarry. The bones we uncovered and collected represent only about 20% of an entire skeleton, but they are from all parts of the body. We found parts of the skull, shoulder girdle, pelvis, and vertebrae from the back and tail, as well as a lot of ribs. We expected to find lots of ribs and vertebrae, because they are the most common bones in the body, so we were quite happy to find the jaw and frill bones (and the nose horn!). More

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