The Royal Ontario Museum is one of the premiere attractions in downtown Toronto. It is located at the corner of Avenue Road and Bloor Street near Queen’s Park and the University of Toronto. ROM Toronto is the largest natural history and world culture museum in Canada and the fifth largest museum in all of North America. The museum receives well over 1 million visitors every year for very good reason. There are over 6 million items and artifacts housed within the museum and over 40 individual galleries.
Among the wide variety of subject matter covered in the permanent exhibitions, the ROM Toronto is noted for its impressive collection of dinosaurs, Canadian historical artifacts, African art, and European artifacts, to name just a few. If you are scheduling a trip to Toronto, a visit to the Royal Ontario is well worth the time and modest admission fee. There are also Royal Ontario Museum discounts available for groups of ten or more and for school field trips.
The Royal Ontario Museum first opened in April of 1912. It has since undergone a series of expansions and renovations, the most recent being in 2009. One of the notable additions has been The Crystal, an impressive outdoor architectural wonder that resembles a giant crystal surrounding one of the museum’s entrances. The post modern design inspired much debate in the city of Toronto, as the addition was seen as some as being an unwelcome addition to the Neo-Romanesque design scheme of most of the rest of the building. In its entire history to date, the ROM has undergone four major expansions.
ROM Toronto is divided into a number of different galleries. The Natural History galleries run the gamut from dinosaurs to bat caves to lizards and snakes. The Keenan Family Gallery of Hands-On Biodiversity allows guests to get interactive with the exhibits by working with animals in a variety of ways. The Temerty Galleries of the Age of Dinosaurs is one of the most engaging exhibits in the museum, featuring a number of complete dinosaur skeletons and other interesting artifacts and remains.
The World Culture Galleries are also a huge appeal of the Royal Ontario Museum. The Chinese Galleries feature an unbelievable array of temple art, wall paintings, and wooden sculptures that represent millennia of Asian culture. The Gallery of Africa and the Gallery of Korea are not to be missed and the CIBC Discovery Gallery allows guests to take part in interactive exhibits including digging for fossils and many other such exciting activities. If you are planning a trip to Toronto and have an interest in exploring the museums in new cities you visit, this one should top your list. Look into Royal Ontario Museum discounts if you will be traveling with a large group or with your family.
The Royal Ontario Museum is opened from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. from Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Information on Royal Ontario Museum discounts, parking, and special events can be found online. It is easy to access the ROM Toronto using the Toronto public transport system.