ROM - Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto

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    Just don't wear skinny heeled shoes!

    by lohki Updated Mar 5, 2008

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    The Royal Ontario Museum opened in 1914 and is now the largest collection of natural history and world cultures in the country, with a focus on Canada.

    The Micheal Lee-Chin Crystal has finally been unveiled to the public, although some of the new galleries are still under construction the extra space is welcomed. I find most of us here in the city "hate" the new addition, I have one friend who refers to it as "the tumour!" Then again most of Paris still hates the pyrmid at the Louve, so whatever.

    What I do find strange is the lack of colour used inside. The ENTIRE new wing is going to be stark white, with black and metal grates on the floor? Maybe when eveything is open it won't feel so devoid and cold, we shall see.

    On a positve note though, the Gallery of Canada: First Peoples is a must see. Filled with clothing, canoes, sculpture and incredible paintings. A new wing dedicated to Canada will open Fall 07 as well as the Dinosaurs in the Winter 07.

    The two new cafes are finally worthy of the ROM-- C5 the restaurant/lounge is beautiflly done, albeit black and white and is on the fifth floor at the peak of the new Crystal. C5 can be accessed from the street as well as from inside the museum.

    There is also the option of Food Studio, the new healthy and "earth friendy, market style eatery." The prices seemed reasonable, everything looked very fresh and you can see from the photo's it is a bright airy space that is good for the whole family.

    Currently showing Ancient Peru Unearthed until Sept. 3, there are more than 120 artifacts from the Pre-Incan, Sican culture on display. Loved the bat headdress with the eyes that move!

    Peru: Secrets

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    Dinosaurs!

    by shohman Updated Jan 26, 2008

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    ROM is a great place. We were very fortunate to get a guided tour of the new dinosaur exhibit from Kaspian's brother and sister in law. Even without the private tour, this place is enormous and is a great way to spend the day.
    Interesting note: they have the only complete triceretops skull here.
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    Canada's Biggest Museum

    by nelro Written Jan 4, 2008

    the is toronto's best museum. it has a huge collection of everything, from dinosaurs, to cypriot artifacts. the exhibits are well layed out and informative. the asian exhibit is especially good. also very good is the canadian furniture exhibit (i know it sounds boring, but it was actually really neat).the native canadian exhibit has a very good collection of historic and modern art and artifacts. the ceiling of the rotunda is a beutifull golden mosaic. this museum has the highest totem pole in the world.
    the architecture of the museum if great. in the older part, there are many intricate cavings, mostly of people. the newer part is a imposing steel crystal.

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    Toronto's Premier Museum

    by mikey_e Written Aug 19, 2007

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    The Royal Ontario Museum is certainly the best museum in the province, although it isn't quite the rival of the National Archeological Museum in Athens or the Louvre in Paris. Indeed, much of the museum's energy in recent years has been the completion of the crystal, although it did receive a large donation of Asian art a few years ago that has changed the composition of its collection greatly. The Asian collection is located on the ground floor and contains pottery, artwork and articles of everyday life from China, Korea and Japan. The pieces are interesting but the Chinese and Korean pottery is horribly arranged and confusing, making it difficult to follow the exhibit in a chronological fashion. The second floor is primarily for children and contains the natural history section, including the bat cave. The third floor, finally, is a semi-permanent collection of Islamic, Greek, Cypriot, Egyptian and European pieces and also occasional hosts traveling exhibits.

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    Something Old, Something New

    by Tom_Fields Written Jul 23, 2007

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    The Michael Lee-Chin Crystal addition
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    At the time of my visit, Toronto was celebrating the opening of the new Michael Lee-Chin Crystal addition to the Royal Ontario Museum. Designed by Daniel Libeskind, it really stands out. Whether you like it or not, you must give credit for originality.

    My companion remarked that it appeared that a spaceship had slammed into the building. They had live bands, speakers, and a vast throng of spectators. Quite a scene.

    It was far too crowded to go inside. But it was worth visiting for the incredible sight of an old building with a new one stuck on it. Where else but Toronto would they do that?

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    Did someone say crystal?

    by mikey_e Written Jul 18, 2007

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    Toronto's latest attraction is the Michael Lee-Chin crystal, an addition to the Royal Ontario Museum. Its something that has divided Torontonians, with a reported 60% of people surveyed saying they dislike the Liebskind design. It may seem a bit out of place on a street that mixes some of Toronto's earlier architecture with the newer yet more subdued shopping centres and stores, but you cannot say that it hasn't generated interest in the general public about what downtown Toronto should look like and in which direction the city's architectural heritage should be headed. Construction is not yet fully completed (July 2007) as the workers still have to repair the sidewalks and other areas around the building, but the entrance to the Museum is now at the crystal's base rather than at the old entrance on Avenue Road. Those with verigo beware! Walking towards the crystal from the west (from the area around the Conservatory) may cause you to get dizzy because of the sharp angles of the overhang. The same thing doesn't seem to happen when you walk from the east.

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    Visit the Museum

    by Babzz Updated Aug 10, 2006

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    Duckbill Dinosaur on Display

    The museum displays artifacts from a number of historical, cultural (Asian, Ancient Egyptian, Greek, Roman; Aboriginal), and scientific themes. The Egyptian and Greek displays were particularly interesting to me (with a mummy on display!), as was the second floor filled with interesting information on nature and biodiversity.

    Having said that, my most recent trip to the ROM was a bit disappointing. Some of the replaceable displays and artifacts were looking pretty worn (e.g. an earwig in the nature section was missing half its body); the audio videos often had a broken phone or the screen wasn't on; some of the displays were in the process of being moved and therefore missing artifacts or closed altogether; many themes were under- or unrepresented in the museum (e.g. astronomy and other sciences outside of biology); and what kind of museum doesn't have dinosaurs?!!?!?! The photo is misleading...there were only two skeletons on display in the main lobby...

    I would still recommend the museum, but I find it to cater more to school groups than adults. It's important to educate our children about history, culture, and science, but I also think that Toronto should have a world-class museum, an image I feel this museum no longer lives up to. We can only hope that on-going renovations will result in a superior museum.

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    by jamiesno Written Mar 1, 2006

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    Explore the world in one day at the Royal Ontario Museum. With almost six million objects in its collections, the ROM is Canada’s leading international museum. Located in the heart of Toronto, the ROM’s collections span both world cultures and natural history.

    From my hotel the Four Seasons during this visit the museum was just down the street a short distance so it made for a refreshing and short walk. I was thinking paintings at first but this is mainly artifacts and interpretation.

    I provide some pictures of the location and a web site that has a tonne of information that will give you all the details. It's fair to say if you are going to really explore this place you need a few hours if you are going to start reading all the stuff.

    It can be busy there. I visited on a Tuesday morning at 10 a.m. the opening time and the school buses were all lined up and there were hundreds of kids but the place is big enough you can loose them. Enjoy your education at the Royal Ontario Museum!

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    Royal Ontario Museum--Mummies and the Medieval

    by VeronicaG Updated Dec 28, 2005

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    The Royal Ontario Museum is such an interesting place to spend part of the afternoon. It has displays on ancient cultures, hands-on fun for children and exhibits about the world of nature.

    We liked the Egyptian exhibit with its mummy cases, scarab seals and artifacts. There was also art from Greek and Etruscan cultures. Our grandson got caught up in the medieval history section where kids could don armor and imagine employing the weaponry of that time. A large collection of Arms and Armour caught our attention!

    Hours are Mon.-Thurs. 10 am-6 pm; Fri. 10 am-9:30 pm; Sat. 7 Sun. 10 am-6 pm. On December 24 and 31 the museum closes at 4 pm. The museum is not open on Christmas and New Year's Day. Admission is $8 for adults; $6 for seniors; $6 for students and $5 for children 5-14

    Hours are from 10-6 p.m. except for Friday when it is opened until 9:30 p.m. There is no charge on Friday between 4:30 pm-9:30 pm. The museum is closed on Dec. 25 and Jan.1

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    Dinosaurs, Fossils and Nature

    by VeronicaG Updated Nov 21, 2005

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    We like museums alot in our family, so a stop at The Royal Ontario Museum was high on our list of things to do.

    The museum had so many fascinating bits of information in their dinosaur exhibit. There were videos logging the newest discoveries on dinosaur habitats, models of prehistoric reptiles and photos of other archaeological findings. We saw a Maiasaur skeleton--considered the world's best of this type.

    Our grandson found a hands-on site that fueled his curiosity about fossils. A section devoted to the natural world was fun, too--featuring insects, birds,mammals and some slithery snakes!

    Hours are Mon.-Thurs. 10 am-6 pm; Fri. 10 am-9:30 pm; Sat.& Sun. 10 am-6 pm. On Dec. 24 and 31 the museum closes at 4 pm. ROM is closed on Christmas and New Year's Days. Fridays are FREE from 4:30 pm-9:30 p.m.!!!! Admission is $8 for adults; $6 for seniors; $6 for students; and $5 for children age 5-14.

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    by Dabs Written Oct 29, 2005

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    Since my outside plans were foiled by the bad weather, we decided to check out the ROM. We only had a couple of hours which turned out to be the perfect amount of time since much of the ROM's collection is off display in 2005 due to major renovations. A visit to their website will show you what is currently open, I'd highly recommend checking it out before you go.

    I wouldn't say this was a highlight of my visit to Toronto, natural history museums don't rank at the top of my must see list anywhere, and so much of the collection was off display. If you are traveling with children, it looked like there was a lot of interactive things for them to do and I think they would enjoy the bat cave and the displays devoted to mammals, insects, birds and reptiles.

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    Royal Ontario Museum

    by lhe Updated Jan 12, 2005

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    If you are into a museum visit, the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) would be your first choice. The museum has a huge collection of objects (5 millions) about natural history and human cultures. Whether you are interested to see nature wonders, like dinosaur bones, or you would like to see some artifacts from ancient worlds, you won't be disappointed there.

    Note that the museum is under some major renovation currently so part of the museum is not open. The museum is located in downtown Toronto, next to the University of Toronto campus. It is open seven days a week, and the admission price is $10. And on Friday nights, it is free!

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    Royal Ontario Museum

    by orlandom Written Dec 29, 2004

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    The Royal Ontario Museum is the largest museum in Canada with an internationally renowned collection numbering more than five million objects. Located on one of the most fashionable corners in Toronto and next to the University of Toronto, the ROM is a popular destination. From galleries of art, archaeology and science, showcasing the world’s culture and natural history, to exciting public programs and events, the ROM offers a truly engaging museum experience

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    by daffodil Updated Aug 17, 2004

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    On a rainy or cold day go to the Royal Ontario Museum, you can spend two or three days just admiring the wide range of exhibits.
    Unbelievable collection of artifacts presented in a very appealing manner. Also they often have travelling collections from other museums.
    Currently they are reconstructing the museum and much of the collection that is regularly displayed is unavailable.

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    Royal Ontario Museum

    by coolpanda87 Updated Apr 10, 2004

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    Currently undergoing a restoration designed by world renowned architect David Libeskind, the ROM is following an ambitious plan to rejuvenate energy into Canada's largest museum. Looking like a "burst of crystals", Libeskind's design will serve as a landmark in Toronto & give the ROM a dynamic entrance.

    The ROM, formerly a part of the University of Toronto, holds over five million artifacts. Though it may not be able to compare to world class museums like the MET or the Louvre, the ROM does offer an interesting collection to enjoy. From galleries of art, to archaeology and science, the ROM should have an area or areas of interest for everyone to enjoy. My favourites are the ancient Eygptian & Chinese collections.

    On Friday nights, from 4:30 - 9:30 pm, the ROM offers free admission into the museum's exhibits except the specially ticketed ones.

    For latest admission information & museum hours, please click here.

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