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The Magnificent Mineral and Gem Collections of the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto

LOCATED IN THE CENTER OF TORONTO, ONTARIO, the Royal Ontario Museum, also fondly known as the ROM (usually pronounced rahm), holds among its six million objects a wonderful collection of minerals, gems, rocks, and meteorites from Canada as well as worldwide localities. The ROM, an agency of the government of Ontario, opened in 1914, a little over one hundred years ago. It is the largest museum of natural history and world cultures collections in Canada and is a major attraction for Canada, the province of Ontario, and the city of Toronto. In 2007, Teck Cominco, Ltd., headquartered in Vancouver, generously gave $10 million for new mineral galleries in the ROM, the largest corporate gift of monies in the history of the museum.

Susan Robinson is a freelance artist specializing in painting mineral and gem specimens as well as birds and wildlife.

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