JosH BassecHes

Di­rec­tor, Royal On­tario Mu­seum

Toronto Life - - The Fifty Most Influential 2018 -

basseches threw open the orig­i­nal doors to the ROM when he took over in 2016, with the re­fur­bished east­ern en­trance, and free ad­mis­sion to the First Peo­ples ex­hi­bi­tion. His hos­pi­tal­ity has paid off. Mem­ber­ship has gone up 31 per cent in the past three years to 120,000. Now, he’s cre­at­ing an out­door space and per­for­mance ter­race on Bloor Street, as a way of mak­ing the ROM a part of ev­ery­day pub­lic life. up next: Launch­ing ZUUL: Life of an Ar­moured Di­nosaur, star­ring a 76-mil­lion-year-old anky­losaur that’s one of the best-pre­served spec­i­mens in ex­is­tence.

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