OpenROM Promises Major Transformation of Canada’s Largest Museum!

Bloor-Yorkville is thrilled to help spread the news regarding the ROM’s recent “OpenROM” announcement! As Canada’s largest and most comprehensive museum, it is a landmark cultural destination and an important part of our community.

Architectural Redesign Promising Accessibility

OpenROM is a fantastic initiative, promising to promote accessibility within the museum and further establish the ROM as a dynamic, cultural hub in the heart of Toronto. The plans include a “sweeping architectural transformation” of the core of the museum, as well as a newly designed Bloor Street entrance, which will create a direct connection to the neighbourhood. The expanded entrance will include a vast canopy and feature a floor-to-ceiling glass entryway with direct sightlines in and out of the building. A wrap around water feature will evolve from cracked ice in the winter months to bubbling water in the summer.

OpenROM Providing Free Programming

Once complete, OpenROM will include a completely reimagined main floor with a soaring atrium, expanded gallery space, and year-round programming, including live performances, all of which will – most notably – be free for everyone to enjoy. The new atrium will be four-stories and include 2,400 sq f of gathering space for visitors to connect and enjoy the free public programming.

Additionally, there will be 6,000 additional feet of new gallery space on the second and third levels, allowing for even more exhibits and collections. Construction of OpenROM will begin this month and finish in 2027.

Be sure to watch the video below to get a true sense of the new project!