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Centennial Celebration: Honouring 30 Years of RPC
Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Join us for a night of discovery in celebration of the ROM's Centennial and RPC's 30th anniversary. Share your favourite RPC experiences and be the first to hear cutting-edge developments from our Centres of Discovery. Featuring behind-the-scenes treasures from the ROM. Invitations will be mailed soon.

Teck Suite of Galleries: Earth's Treasures

Save the Date

RPC Corporate Appreciation Day
Saturday, August 23, 2014

In appreciation of their support, RPC Corporate Members at the Companion ($3,000+) level have the additional benefit of Corporate Appreciation Day. Employees and their families from these companies enjoy complimentary access to the ROM.

RPC VIP cocktail reception

Save the Date

ROM Centennial Lecture: Fashion Follows Form
RPC VIP Reception, Tuesday, October 7, 2014

RPC Members giving at the Fellow ($5,000+) level or more are invited to a special VIP reception with an opportunity to meet Canadian fashion personality Jeanne Becker, designer Izzy Camelleri and ROM Senior Curator Dr. Alexandra Palmer. This invitation includes VIP seating at the lecture. 

Late one July evening, walking slowly along the edge of a wheat field near his village looking for subjects to photograph, Etienne noticed a harvest mouse nibbling on some grain. ‘The meeting was brief but extraordinary,’ he says. ‘This was my favourite out of all the portraits’, its prehensile tail helping it to balance while it ate. Harvest gold © Etienne Francey (Switzerland)

Save the Date

Patrons Breakfast: Wildlife Photographer of the Year Saturday, November 22, 2014

RPC and YPC Members are invited to a special Saturday morning breakfast and digital photography seminar in advance of the Members' Preview of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition.

Kids digging for dinosaur bones

Advanced-Purchase Windows

As one of your RPC member benefits, you enjoy first access to the ROM's adult and family programs. Starting this fall, the ROM will offer new Tuesday night lectures in addition to your favourites. Save the date for these upcoming advanced ticket purchase windows.

Note: An email for each advanced-purchase window will be sent to you to ensure you don’t miss out. It will include the registration web link and contact information.

ROM Family Programs 

ROM Early Learners Fall Session

These high-demand programs 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 favourites like Saturday Morning Club, Sleepovers, ROM Kids’ Days and March Break Camp. Book your favourites for the entire year during your exclusive registration period.

Patrons Advanced Window: August 1-7, 2014


Jeanne Becker at the ROM

ROM Adult Programs

In Quest of Paradise: Accommodating Death in Islam
Event date: September 16, 2014
Patrons Advanced Window: July 16-22, 2014

Vaughan Lecture - Metamorphosis: Transformations of Fashion
(Centennial Lecture)

Event date: September 23, 2014
Patrons Advanced Window: July 23-29, 2014

De-Extinction Dialogues (Centennial Lecture)
Event date: September 26, 2014
Patrons Advanced Window: July 25-31, 2014

Fashion Follows Form (Centennial Lecture)
Event date: October 7,2014
Patrons Advanced Window (including the RPC VIP Reception): August 7-30, 2014

Please note, details are subject to change. For up-to-date information visit the ROM's website.



Let's ROM




ROMwalk: Fossil-Finding Tour
Saturing, July 26, 2014, 1-3 pm

Join Dr. Kevin Seymour, ROM Assistant Curator in Vertebrate Palaeontology, and David Rudkin, ROM Assistant Curator of Invertebrate Palaeontology to discover ancient life in the exposed quarry cliff at the Evergreen Brick Works. A brief history of the quarry at Don Valley Brick Works will preceed a scenic hike into the Moore Park Ravine to uncover the geology of this interesting corner of Toronto.

Proceeds support ROM Fossils & Evolution research.

Statue in the Gallery of Chinese Temple Art

New Exhibition

Collecting Asia: The First 50 Years, 1908–1958
Herman Herzog Levy Gallery, Level 1

Examines a group of influential individuals, scholars and art dealers that was instrumental in building the ROM’s renowned Asian collections.


Fragment of fine linen tabby with silk and gold tapestry decoration, perhaps the end of a turban cloth. Made in Egypt in the Fatimid period, 12th century.

New Exhibition

Cairo Under Wraps: Early Islamic Textiles
Patricia Harris Gallery of Textiles & Costume, Level 4

Over 50 precious Early Islamic textiles dating from the 8th to 14th centuries—including rare examples of clothing—are featured in this original exhibition of ROM material.

Izzy Camilleri jacket back and front views

New Exhibition

Fashion Follows Form: Designs for Sitting
Patricia Harris Gallery of Textiles & Costume, Level 4

Fashion Follows Form: Designs for Sitting invites you to think critically about the relationship between function and fashion in our daily lives. More.

Headshot Charles Currelly

Upcoming Exhibition

Charles Trick Currelly
Daphne Cockwell Gallery of Canada, First Peoples,
Level 1
Opens July 26, 2014

Originally displayed in late 1960s, this biographical exhibition of the ROM's first Director of Archaeology showcases the moccasins, leggings, buckskin jackets, snowshoes, guncase and capote he wore in his youth. More.

Image of two passenger pigeons on a branch

Upcoming Exhibition

Passenger Pigeons: From Abundant to None

Gallery of Birds, Level 2
Opens August 23, 2014

This exhibition is a thought-provoking exploration of the extinction of a species that occurred at the time of the ROM’s inception. The ROM holds the world’s largest collection of Passenger Pigeons, which continues to be used for research today. More.

New and Notable RPC Gifts

Guests at the Patrons Preview of The Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China's Emperors

Thank you to our new supporters

David J. Burnside
Marilyn J. Creighton
Fala Family
Xerxes Mazda
Kevin Morris
Dr. Neville & Dr. Vivienne Poy
Ramasar & Ruth Sawh
Robert & Alice Wong
Chen Yang & Xiaohui Duan
Anonymous (3)

Dr. & Mrs. David Naiberg

Paul and Liselle Antony
Kevin Glass
Tim and Lana Hockey
Morai Logistics Inc.
Purolator Inc.

Mrs. Kathleen & Mr. Dennis Freeman
Aaron & Heather Regent

Photo: Scott Ramsay, ROM supporters at the 2014 Chairs' Reception

Recent Events

Thank you for joining us

Patrons Preview: On Wednesday, March 5, 2014, Patrons were among the first to preview the ROM's Centennial blockbuster exhibition: The Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China’s Emperors, presented by The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation and Lead Sponsor Manulife.

Private Viewing of Around 1914: On April 23, 2014, RPC Members enjoyed an after-hours viewing of  Around 1914: Design in a New Age with remarks by Robert Little, the ROM's Mona Campbell Curator for European Decorative Arts.

Centennial Chairs' Reception: On June 4, 2014 we celebrated 100 years of philanthropy at the ROM at our Centennial Chairs’ Reception with a cocktail reception and awards ceremony featuring special guest the Honourable David C. Onley. The awards presentation featured special mention of RPC’s milestone 30th year including a touching video message from Dixie Anne Montgomery, a founding member of RPC. For those Members not able to join us, thank you so much for your support in this historic Centennial year.

RPC VIP: On June 10, 2014 RPC Members giving at the Fellow level and above were invited to an exclusive VIP cocktail reception with Dr. Mark Engstrom, ROM Deputy Director of Collections & Research. Members and their guests had the opportunity to speak with Mark about his extraordinary experiences in Newfoundland and Labrador recovering a blue whale skeleton before joining him in the Signy and Cléophée Eaton Theatre for his public lecture.

Photo: Scott Ramsay, Group of four people at th 2014 Chairs' Reception

Photo: Ryan Walker, Patrons looking at ceremonial bells in The Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China's Emperors

Photo: Ryan Walker group of guests at the Patrons Preview of The Forbidden City Inside the Court of China's Emperors

Patrons meeting Dr. Mark Engstrom at the RPC Blue Whale Lecture VIP

Recent Acquisition

Young girl’s fully boned bodice of silk with polychrome silks brocaded with silver in large floral design, pointes rentrées (French, 1730-1740).

The Lilliam Williams Collection


Image: Detail, young girl’s fully boned bodice of silk with polychrome silks brocaded with silver in large floral design, pointes rentrées (French, 1730-1740).

In 1998, the ROM received a charitable trust of nearly $50 million—the largest cash bequest ever received by the Museum—from its long-time friend and supporter, Louise Hawley Stone (1904–1997).

Today, the Stone Trust continues to have a great impact generating approximately $2 million annually for the Museum and providing a steady stream of support that is used to purchase new acquisitions and to produce publications related to the ROM’s collections, in accordance with Mrs. Stone’s wishes.

One of these new acquisitions is the Lillian Williams collection of 18th century women’s fashions. The purchased collection includes a rare undergarment called a pannier, a beautiful hand quilted silk informal robe, a dashing riding habit and an extraordinary beribboned straw hat. The acquisitions move the ROM’s 18th century collection from a good collection with important pieces, to one that is internationally ranked and includes some remarkable and outstanding pieces.

Lillian Williams is a private American collector living in France whose interests and lifestyle focuses on the 18th century. Hers is one of the only extensive 18th century collections of fashion still in private hands and has some exceptional garments that have been lent for international exhibitions and catalogues. The pieces selected by the ROM are the rarest and most sought-after by all international costume collections.

RPC Ambassadors


Photo: Deanne M. Orr, Harriet Walker, Diane Gilday (behind), Dianne Henderson, Liz Mitchell (behind), Sharolyn Mathieu Vettese, Diana White, Neera Chopra, Sharon Zuckerman. Missing: Anne-Marie Applin, Danuta Buczynski, Bronwyn Krog, Jean Read


RPC has a long legacy of committed volunteers who have generously donated their time over the past 30 years to help build, shape and grow the program.

RPC Ambassadors are Members who are helping us expand our philanthropic circle by reaching out to their networks and asking friends, colleagues and family members to support the ROM as a Royal Patron. As a new Member, Ambassadors are a friendly face to help make you feel at home and facilitate connections with other Members.

We’re always interested in adding to this committed group of volunteers. If you would like to learn more about becoming an Ambassador contact Jayne Whitfield at or 416.586.5842.

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