Largest Museum in Canada: Royal Ontario Museum and Letter to Painter Boi Tran

Largest Museum in Canada: Royal Ontario Museum and Letter to Painter Boi Tran

About the largest museum in Canada “Royal Ontario Museum”

The Royal Ontario Museum, c. 1930s

The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) is a museum of art, world culture and natural history in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is one of the largest museums in North America and the largest in Canada. It attracts more than one million visitors every year, making the ROM the most-visited museum in Canada. The museum is north of Queen’s Park, in the University of Toronto district, with its main entrance on Bloor Street West. The museum subway station is named after the ROM and, since a 2008 renovation, is decorated to resemble the institution’s collection at the platform level.

Established on April 16, 1912, and opened on March 19, 1914, the museum has maintained close relations with the University of Toronto throughout its history, often sharing expertise and resources. The museum was under the direct control and management of the University of Toronto until 1968, when it became an independent Crown agency of the Government of Ontario. Today, the museum is Canada’s largest field-research institution, with research and conservation activities around the world.

With more than 6,000,000 items and 40 galleries, the museum’s diverse collections of world culture and natural history contribute to its international reputation. The museum contains a collection of dinosaurs, minerals and meteorites; Canadian and European historical artifacts; as well as African, Near Eastern, and East Asian art. It houses the world’s largest collection of fossils from the Burgess Shale with more than 150,000 specimens. The museum also contains an extensive collection of design and fine art, including clothing, interior, and product design, especially Art Deco.

The 1914 Italianate-Neo-Romanesque original building in 1922

Letter to Painter Boi Tran in 2016

Royal Ontario Museum Letter

August 15, 2016

Dear Boi Tran,

The Royal Ontario Museum located in Toronto, Canada is planning a World Civilization tour of Indochina in November 2016. The group will be made up of 24 members and patrons of the Royal Ontario Museum.

Our itinerary includes Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. We will be arriving in Hue from Hoi An and we are planning to visit your beautiful home and gallery. In view of our members’ special interest, we would very much appreciate the opportunity to meet with you during our visit.

Mrs. Ann Dandy of the Department of Museum Volunteers, the Past Chair of the Travel Committee, and Mrs. Sara Irwin, former Manager of Asian collections in the Department of World Culture in the Royal Ontario Museum, will be accompanying the group. We would greatly appreciate if you could tell us whether you will be available to meet with us. Our visit has been scheduled for the afternoon of Tuesday, November 15, 2016.

You can respond by sending your letter to Mrs. Ann Dandy, DMV Centre at the below address or if more convenient you can send an email message to the following address ann_dandy@
We thank you for your consideration in this matter and hope to hear from you in the near future.

Ann Dandy

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