While we tested one of the view screens in the four new galleries under media preview last week at the Royal Ontario Museum, an elderly woman gave us her opinion on how the presentation compared to those of institutions elsewhere: “At last we’re finally catching up.”
The museum hopes that more user-friendly, interactive presentation methods will draw visitors into the newly opened Eaton Gallery of Rome, the Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Gallery of Byzantium, the Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Gallery of Rome and the Near East, and the Galleries of Africa: Nubia. After downing Nubia Nibbles (aka apricot-pistachio scones) and G-ladi-ATORADE (aka sparkling pomegranate juice, which sadly lacked the alcohol we needed to endure the federal representative’s numerous references to how much cash the Harper government has poured into Canada’s Economic Action Plan) during the press conference, we wandered through the new galleries on the third floor and photographed some of the artifacts. Items displayed include a mix of new acquisitions and pieces that haven’t been seen by the public since the Renaissance ROM expansion project began in 2004. The well-organized, clearly lit presentation should inspire curiosity about the civilizations of the ancient Mediterranean and empires of the Nile.
Photos by Miles Storey/Torontoist.