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Canada's largest museum of world culture and natural history, the ROM was transformed through bold new architecture that added the new crystal galleries, renovated the historic buildings and improved public amenities.

Protecting the priceless assets of this facility required a comprehensive three pronged solution.

One of the largest museums in North America, with more than six million items and forty galleries, the museum's diverse collections of world culture and natural history are part of the reason for its international reputation. 

Attracting over one million visitors every year, the ROM required a fully integrated surveillance/CCTV system, access control and monitoring as well as burglar protection to proactively protect persons and cultural property from theft, vandalism, fire and destruction. A new Central Security Operations Control Centre was also provided.

"Museum security: the art of securing pricelessness"

Bob Lymer, P. Eng., President

The system was required to be flexible and reconfigurable by trained ROM staff, in order to accommodate ongoing exhibit changes.

In order for ROM to obtain world class exhibits, they had to demonstrate a certain ‘level of standard’ with respect to security, fire protection and disaster preparedness.

It was the ROM’s desire to bring visitors us as close as possible to the  ‘inspiration’ while preventing miscreants from stealing or damaging it.

The original East Wing designed in 1912 by Toronto architects Frank Darling and John A. Pearson in the architectural style of ‘Italianate Neo-Romanesque’ remains one of Canada’s most treasured historical buildings.  Security devices had to be cleverly located and conduit runs had to be carefully planned to ensure the architectural fabric was not compromised. Video analytics with integrated alarms were deployed to warn visitors and inform security staff that they are ‘too close’ to the artifact.


Project Start: 2003
Project Completion: 2007

Project Size: 780,000 s.f
Const. Cost: $200M


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