Royal Ontario Museum
Royal Ontario Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
About
Opened in 1914, the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) showcases art, culture, and nature from around the globe and across the ages. One of North America's most renowned cultural institutions, Canada's largest museum is home to a world-class collection of more than six million objects and specimens, featured in 40 gallery and exhibition spaces. As the country’s preeminent field research institute and an international leader in new and original findings in biodiversity, palaeontology, earth sciences, the visual arts, material culture and archaeology, the ROM plays a vital role in advancing our global understanding of the artistic, cultural and natural world.
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  • Museum • 2 min walk
  • St. George • 6 min walk
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  • Czar Emmanuel
    Manila, Philippines10,062 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the best museums in Canada
    The structure that houses the museum's collections may be quite controversial (as old and modern styles are combined), but the place is definitely one of the best museums in the country! It has an ample collection of both natural and man-made items dating back to the prehistoric times up to the present. There are both permanent and temporary exhibits. I particularly liked the galleries dedicated to the dawn of life and prehistory. The collection of dinosaur bones is impressive and well arranged. Visitors get a discount when they present their PRESTO card.
    Hello CzarEmmanuel, Thank you for visiting the museum and for taking the time to share your experience with us. We agree that ROM's architecture is iconic and we're glad that you enjoyed seeing our extensive collections of art, nature and culture in our galleries. At ROM we strive to provide a world class experience for all our visitors and your feedback helps us to achieve this goal. We hope to welcome you back another time soon. All the best,
    Written 14 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 12 August 2023
  • MomRocco
    Chicago, Illinois538 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    So Much to See!!!
    We have visited ROM before and just wandered by ourselves in the museum. We were there for about 4 hours total and the exhibits we found the most interesting were those dealing with Asian arts and history, Egyptian and Roman arts and history, and also the exhibit which houses dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals. It did seem to us that the information on some of the dinosaurs was out of date, especially the video clips which were done in 2007. Still an awe-inspiring museum and very much worth the time to visit.
    Hello MomRocco, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. We are delighted that you enjoyed your visit and appreciate your review. With four floors of galleries and exhibitions on art, culture, and nature, ROM definitely has something for everyone, though we agree that our Dinosaurs gallery is popular with visitors of all ages! We hope to welcome you back another time soon! Until next time,
    Written 1 October 2023
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    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 September 2023
  • Jasmine
    114 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This Place is Grand!
    I enjoyed getting lost in the numerous cultures the ROM had on display. It was like going back in time. Every culture had a variety of art to observe. If you love history and learning about different cultures, consider visiting the ROM!
    Hello jw81496, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. We are delighted that you enjoyed your visit and appreciate your review. With four floors of galleries and exhibitions on art, culture, and nature, ROM definitely has something for everyone. We hope to welcome you back another time soon! Until next time,
    Written 24 November 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 20 November 2023
  • baroom
    Mississauga, Canada3,023 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Another 3rd Tuesday night free
    Back here at ROM on Tue, Dec 19, for another 3rd Tuesday Night Free event (4:30PM-8:30PM). We arrived before 5PM, Queen's Park museum entrance was locked (with a note to use main entrance) so had to go around the block to Bloor St W to get in. Futalognkosaurus area of the main lobby was quite busy. Apparently, we weren't the only ones who planned a free night at the museum. We headed straight to the elevators to get to level 3 where we had a quick look at the European period rooms and current life jacket art installation. Got a little lost when we couldn't locate some Asia exhibits we've seen last time. Encountered some closed off galleries so went back to the elevator lobby. Son volunteered to grab a map guide before we continued on. We then took a peek at Byzantium, Rome and Egypt galleries then segued to gender-neutral washrooms with multiple private stalls equipped with touchless toilet, faucet and hand dryer, still on level 3. From here, we found our way to the Rotunda where we posed for photos with the lovely mosaic dome as background. We headed to the newest permanent gallery on level 2, unveiled in Dec 2021, Dawn of Life, where we saw Fractofusus and a massive Dunkleosteus fish bronze cast. At the end of this gallery is a set of doors that open directly to where Gordo the Barosaurus is located. Of course, a visit to the Age of Dinosaurs gallery wouldn't be complete without a brief stop at the T-Rex. However, it got crowded here pretty fast so we left after a couple of obligatory photos. We only stayed an hour inside the museum so admittedly didn't see a lot. We plan to visit ROM again to explore those permanent galleries we haven't seen in years.
    Hello baroom, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. We are delighted that you enjoyed your visit and with four floors of galleries and exhibitions on art, culture, and nature, ROM definitely has something for everyone. We hope you can join us again for our next Third Tuesday Night Free on February 20. All the best,
    Written 25 January 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 12 January 2024
  • RonL40
    Utica, New York3,597 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent collection. Strong in Group of Seven and First Nations artwork.
    Lovely museum, very well curated with easy wayfinding throughout the space. Staff was very helpful. The collection is extremely strong in the work of the Group of Seven and First Nations art. Comprehensive from Egypt through contemporary.
    Hello RonL40, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. We are delighted that you enjoyed your visit and appreciate your review. We are pleased that you especially enjoyed our rich history section, namely our First People Gallery and Egyptian collection. With four floors of galleries and exhibitions on art, culture, and nature, ROM definitely has something for everyone. We hope to welcome you back another time soon. All the best,
    Written 18 May 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 May 2024
  • Keith K
    Alton, United Kingdom239 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Museum
    The Royal Ontario Museum or (ROM) as it's called locally is one of the best natural history museums in the world, there are 40 galleries spread across 5 floors. starting with the dawn of life through, Bronze age, Byzantium, Ancient Greece and Rome, Egypt, China and Europe. you can very easily loose yourself here for a couple of hours.
    Hello keithk837, Thank you for your recent visit and for taking the time to share your experience with us on Tripadvisor. We're glad to hear that you enjoyed our collections of art and cultural artifacts. We hope to welcome you to the museum again in the near future!
    Written 14 June 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 8 June 2024
  • TravelerUK1
    49 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good museum. Big collection.
    I got to the museum right before one of the Museum Highlights tours started. They run about every hour, check the website. The guide took us around to several artifacts and provided more information about them. It was very interesting. I would highly recommend doing a tour. They last about an hour. I spent the next couple hours exploring the different galleries. Its easy to get to the museum via the subway.
    Hello TravelerUK1, Thank you for taking your time to talk about your latest trip to ROM. We are delighted that you enjoyed one of our highlights tours and spent time afterwards exploring the rest of the collections. With four floors of galleries and exhibitions on art, culture, and nature, ROM definitely has something for everyone. We hope you will take the time to visit us again in the future.
    Written 14 June 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 8 June 2024
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Whereheart_wanders
212 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
This review is for our recent visit to the Wildlife Photography Exhibit and I would give it 3.5 stars.

We have Presto cards and took advantage of the 20 % off admission for the photography exhibit and regular admission. This discount must be purchased in person and there was a bit of a line up at 10:30am at the admission purchase queue but it was not too long to get to the front of the line.

They scan your ticket once to get into the museum exhibits area.
The photography exhibit is a bit further inside the building so we walked a bit to locate it. They scan your ticket again to get into the special exhibit.

Once inside we wanted to take advantage of the free descriptive audio tour that you can find on their website. The fact that it was free is great and the 14 audio descriptions for certain photographs they selected do add to the story behind the shot.

The downside is the wifi is pretty weak since this exhibit is buried inside the building. I had to use data to finish the audio tour. In addition, some of the clips we found the audio file just cut out entirely and we had to find it again. Slightly annoying.

The great news about this exhibit are some really great breathtaking shots. If you like landscape photography those aspects are combined here with wildlife. Camera nerds will love that each photo has technical specs listed with each shot so you can see what kind of lens and camera was used.

As photography fans we spent about 2 hours at this photography exhibit. As we left early afternoon it was quite busy in the exhibit area with line ups to see each photograph.

A good afternoon visit and we were glad we went.
Written 9 February 2020
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Hello, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed our Exhibits. We hope you will return to the Royal Ontario Museum to see our future Exhibiyions. All the best Guest Relations Manager
Written 2 December 2020
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Marija V
Vancouver, Canada41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
Great museum with variety of exhibitions. With more than 2 hours in the museum we didn’t manage to see all floors and exhibitions.
We were a bit lost in this huge area because there are numerous hallways and human history exhibitions were partly in the ground level and partly on level 3. We used a map we got at the entrance as our main tool for navigation.
Dinosaurs collection is rather good, and kids were especially excited to see it.

We visited on the third Tuesday in the month, and enter for free in the afternoon hours
Written 31 January 2020
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Hello Maricanis, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed our galleries. We hope you will return to the ROM to visit our future exhibitions. All the best, Guest Relations Manager
Written 4 December 2020
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Liz C
Toronto, Canada49 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
Went on a sunday morning at 10:30 am. ROM opened at 10am and we had a bit of a wait in line. Went with a friend and 3 kids ages 9-11. Everyone enjoyed it! Spent about 3 1/2 hours looking around. Lots of activities for kids and volunteers to help answer questions. My daughter loved finding out new information about the honey bee from a very knowledge volunteer. I went on a tour (held every hour) while my friend took the kids to a special exhibit. I highly recommend the tour. It was 40 minutes and the guide took us to about 5 different areas of the museum (no stairs on the tour just used the elevator). Great way to see and learn about some areas you my just walk past. Tip: use your presto card for a discount on admission!
Written 10 February 2020
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Hello, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit at the ROM. We hope you will return to the Royal Ontario Museum to see our future Exhibitions. All the best Guest Relations Manager
Written 2 December 2020
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Safi and Fariaa Adventures
Ottawa, Canada763 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
We visited the ROM in early July 2020. We felt quite safe, as they were limiting the number of visitors. They were also collecting contact info for contact tracing. Everyone had their temperatures checked and hands sanitized prior to entry. Every passageway and staircase were marked for unidirectional walking.

History truly comes alive at the ROM. The exhibits are informative and engaging. You learn a lot while having fun. We went once as a couple in July 2020 and then again with our nephew in September 2020. Our nephew thoroughly enjoyed the dinosaur exhibit while Fariaa enjoyed the gems and minerals exhibit and Safi enjoyed the mummies exhibit. There is something for everyone at the ROM.

We highly recommend visiting the Royal Ontario Museum when in Toronto. We would recommend about 4 hours to thoroughly enjoy the museum. We personally purchased a Toronto CityPass and enjoyed this along with other Toronto must sees. We made a whole day of Casa Loma and the Royal Ontario Museum.
Written 11 March 2021
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Hello, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. We are glad to hear that you felt safe during your visit and that you enjoyed your day spending time in the galleries. We hope to welcome you back to the ROM in the near future.
Written 3 June 2021
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katjam
Guelph, Canada205 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
Toronto is blessed with unbelievable museums. No other city in Canada comes close, especially supposed 'big' cities like Vancouver or Calgary. The Aga Khan, AGO, Bata Shoe, Textile Museum, Gardiner Ceramic, and the Science Centre (not really a museum but it is awesome). But the best of all is the ROM. We had not been to it for some time, so we had forgotten how incredible it was (and is). Architecturally, it is just a stunning building, inside and outside. The Crystal is stunning, even if incongruent with the rest of the building. Outside is Philosopher's Walk, Queen's Park, and the gorgeous University of Toronto Campus. Thanks to COVID 19, tickets are now timed, which might be the absolutely best thing to come out of a pandemic. Best thing ever. The partner and I shared the museum with very, very few people. It was such a joy to be able to read, reflect, and observe in peace. There are no services available, but who cares? There are modern bathrooms, and plenty of sanitizer, and your wrist band allows you to re-enter, so it is a quick walk to Bloor Street for victuals. The hands-on activities are not available, so children are out of luck. And do we really need children under 6 at this kind of museum? No. Parents, bring your children when they are of an age when they can enjoy a visit, and have the social skills to match. Don't spoil our visit. There are far too many highlights to mention. The China and Korea exhibits/artifacts are stunning. The Teck Suite of Galleries (crystals, mining, minerals), and Samuel European Galleries were also fantastic. Finally, the First Peoples art and culture and Schad Gallery of Biodiversity, should also not be missed. The only negative? Too much to see in one visit!!! Four hours in, we were wiped out, but we did return for another hour at the end of the day. Even with sore feet and backs, we cannot wait to go back. What a great attraction in a world-class city.
Written 11 August 2020
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Hello, Thank you for taking your time to share your experience with us. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your entire visit and our special exhibitions. We hope you will return to the Royal Ontario Museum to see our future Exhibitions. All the best Guest Relations Manager
Written 22 December 2020
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badgergrad90
St. Louis, United States24 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Took my 17-year old son here. Had a good time checking out everything - he especially like the dinosaurs and that's where we spent a lot of time. Other exhibits were nice, and very similar to what you would expect at a history museum. Had a snack in the cafe. Food was not good and was horribly expensive, but from what I could tell, they do let you bring your own snacks.
Written 2 January 2020
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Hello, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed our exhibits, especially our Dinosaur gallery. We hope you will return to the ROM to see our future exhibitions. All the best, Guest Relations Manager
Written 4 December 2020
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FuzzyBeaver
Montreal, Canada1,214 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
The Bloodsuckers exhibition was interesting and well put together. However, we did not consider it outstanding nor one of the best special exhibits the ROM has done over the years. I would give it s 3 out of 5. Conversely, the Wildlife exhibit was exceptional as usual. Definitely a 5 out of 5. Year after year this annual exhibit always impresses. Definitely make time to visit for this one exhibit alone. I also want to point out the ROM runs free tours throughout the day. We always try to join one since they are typically excellent. This time we took one on Greece and it was fascinating.
Written 25 January 2020
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Hello, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed our Wildlife Photographer of the Year and Bloodsuckers exhibits. We hope you will return to the ROM to see our future exhibitions. All the best, Guest Relations Manager
Written 4 December 2020
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blacknebula40
Calgary, Canada61 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Wow what an amazing place. We could not even see half the exhibits in the time was had but we really enjoyed what we could fit in. I found the organization a bit confusing though and had to consult the map a bunch of times to find the stuff we wanted. The cafe had a nice variety of options and I was even able to find something to fit my keto diet.
Written 21 February 2020
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Hello, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed our Exhibits. We hope you will return to the Royal Ontario Museum to see our future Exhibitions. All the Best Guest Relations Manager
Written 2 December 2020
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Well_Travelled_TO
Toronto, Canada181 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We went on a Friday afternoon to see the annual winners of the Wildlife Photography competition. The exhibition is excellent, but it was extremely crowded. I can't imagine what it would have been like on the weekend.

I think that the museum is trying to reach a school audience with their exhibitions in the basement. This time it was all about bloodsuckers, both real and imaged like Dracula. Before that it was all about spiders.

Like I said, something for everyone.
Written 25 January 2020
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Hello, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed our Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibit. We hope you will return to the ROM to see our future exhibitions. All the best, Guest Relations Manager
Written 4 December 2020
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David L
Sudbury, Canada73 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
We visited the ROM one day last week, we spent about 6 hours and didn’t see it all. We enjoyed floors 1,2,3. They had the bloodsuckers exhibit and it was interesting but maybe not worth the extra$10. The regular exhibits are very good and worth seeing.
Written 8 March 2020
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Hello David, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed our galleries. We hope you will return to the ROM to see the rest of our collections. All the best, Guest Relations Manager
Written 2 December 2020
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