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New ROM CEO wants to bring "evolutionary" change to museum

Posted by Robyn Urback / September 24, 2010

Janet Carding, the Royal Ontario Museum's new CEO, wants to make the ROM a warmer and friendlier place to go. Because what isn't warm about massive crystal structures jutting out over Bloor Street?

Carding, who has been at the ROM a mere 10 days, says she wants to make children a focus again with more technology and community engagement.

"One of the things I'm very interested in is how young people engage with the museum," she says. "The research that's been done across various museums says [around seven] is a good age for creating a lifelong museum visitor."

Still, Carding says she doesn't want to overhaul old ROM ways saying Torontonians can expect "evolutionary change, not revolutionary."


1 Comment

bob / September 24, 2010 at 09:21 pm
Art and history is very directed towards adults in this city. It's an interesting idea, but making the ROM a 'kids' place doesn't seem right to me - it's got a very 'mature' image to it. Even the Crystals were very serious. The only playful things I've seen from the ROM are the bat caves and the logo.

I'm interested to see how this will turn out.
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