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The Royal Ontario Museum Launches Digital Collection Online


The†Royal Ontario Museum†(ROM) today announced the launch of its digital collection, an online presentation of objects from the Museumís encyclopedic collection of art, culture and nature. This new digital initiative gives audiences greater access to the Museumís collections and the opportunity to explore, discover and research its digitized collection at any time of day, and from anywhere in the world. Featuring 10,000 digitized objects, the online collection will grow to 80,000 by the year 2022.

Through the Museumís searchable online database, users Ė from students and educators, to scholars, artists and families -- can search for specific objects, view images, and create and share their own personal collections. The database can be conveniently searched by keyword, location, timeline or subject area, giving audiences access to thousands of objects, including pieces that are not currently on display in the galleries. The breadth and depth of the online collection will grow and evolve as the Museumís team of photographers continue to catalogue the ROMís extensive collection, and as new objects are acquired.

The launch of the Museumís digital online collection expands the Museumís reach beyond its physical space and reflects the ROMís commitment to serve the needs of 21st†century audiences. To experience this unique digital experience and the ROMís collection like never before, visit†

This project was made possible through the generous support of Nancy and Jon Love.


Opened in 1914, the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) showcases art, culture, and nature from around the globe and across the ages. One of North Americaís most renowned cultural institutions, Canadaís largest museum is home to a world-class collection of more than six million objects and specimens, featured in 40 gallery and exhibition spaces. As the countryís preeminent field research institute and an international leader in new and original findings in biodiversity, palaeontology, earth sciences, the visual arts, material culture and archaeology, the ROM plays a vital role in advancing our global understanding of the artistic, cultural and natural world. The Renaissance ROM expansion project (2007) merged the iconic architectural heritage of the original building with the Studio Daniel Libeskind-designed Michael Lee-Chin Crystal. A distinctive new symbol of Toronto for the 21st century, the Crystal marked the beginning of a new era for the ROM as the countryís premier cultural and social destination.

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