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Exploring the Lee-Chin Crystal and experiencing its unique views, Architectural Preview, June 3, 2007
Creator: Brian Boyle
Date of Image: June 3, 2007
ROM Links: Podcast: Opening Highlights
Michael Lee-Chin Crystal
Museum ID Number: ROM2007_9327_17
Image Number: ROM2007_9327_17

Here, visitors interact and engage with the dramatic new interior spaces of the Michael Lee-Chin Crystal at the Architectural Opening and Building Dedication on June 3, 2007. With no right angles, the crystalline structure offers a myriad of unique angles including sharp corners, high peaked ceilings, and veering planes with sloped walls.

After the World of Possibilities concert, the doors to the Lee-Chin Crystal were officially opened to the public. From midnight to 6:00 pm, the Museum offered free admission courtesy of CIBC, the inaugural season sponsor. The architectural preview allowed visitors the rare opportunity to explore the Lee-Chin Crystal prior to the installation of the permanent galleries. With the building completely unadorned, spectators experienced the innovation and beauty of Daniel Libeskind’s design in its purest form. Allowing visitors to gain a better understanding of the relationships that exist between the exterior and the interior, and how the five storey addition functions as a whole with the original heritage buildings.

In the first 18 hours of operation, the Museum had 22, 227 visitors. The Michael Lee-Chin Crystal is part of Renaissance ROM, the Museum's renovation and expansion project.

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