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Royal Ontario Museum
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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. The Renaissance ROM expansion project (2007) merged the iconic architectural heritage of the original building with the Studio Daniel Libeskind-designed Michael Lee-Chin Crystal. A distinctive new symbol of Toronto for the 21st century, the Crystal marked the beginning of a new era for the ROM as the country's premier cultural and social destination.
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Reviewed 18 May 2012

Dropping the entrance fees to $15 for adults from over 20 bucks has not at all affected the ROM's quality and quantity of exhibits.
Friends from China, the Middle East, and other parts of the world on our field trip today gave acclaim to the collection at Canada's premier museum. Some of them started--hopefully in jest--calling for the repatriation of various items on display.
The new Byzantium display was my favourite, featuring a 7-minute video that gives several centuries of world history in short order.
But everyone's favourite was Djedmaatesankh, whose fabled mummy case (still unopened but CT-scanned at the Sick Kids Hospital, unveiling the reason for her death) was mobbed by class after class of eager schoolchildren lapping up their teachers' or docents' comments.
The Michael Lee-Chin Crystal was also a draw for its brightly lit displays from the Middle East, Africa, Australasia, etc. Dinosaurs are always a draw for the kids and those who buy into the evolutionary timeline. And the ceiling over the old vestibule-entrance still sports founder Charles Currelly's apt quote from Job 37:7, "That all men may know His work."
The cafeteria in the basement allows outside food, but the prices for coffee are a little more than Tim Hortons' but not astronomical by any stretch. Stay for the dinner hour on Fridays, and enjoy the adult-targeted programming featuring music and comedy.
The ROM seems a better deal than ever before, and together with Niagara Falls, the AGO, and CN Tower, it's certainly a de rigeur destination to anyone visiting the city of Toronto.

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Reviewed 18 May 2012

cause there just isnt anything else in toronto to visit. The crystal should have been real crystal instead of steel and aluminum, but what the heck...

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Reviewed 18 May 2012

Kids love the dinosaurs, but there are lots of other treasures. My 10 year old daughter's favourite display is the gems and minerals section. I like the birds and bat cave. A very revealing area is the south east asian part - Chinese tombs, statuary, etc. And boys are drawn to the medieval armour. A wonderful way to spend part of a day. Lots of food options on Bloor Street as well.

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Reviewed 18 May 2012

interesting way to fill an afternoon with our family.

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Reviewed 17 May 2012

If you're looking for a fun, entertaining, and all-round educational experience for your kids (and grown ups too!) then look no futher, the ROM is the place to be. It's not only an architectural marvel but a real treat for the entire family. Restaurants onsite or you can brown bag it and eat in the cafeteria downstairs. Definitely worth a visit...or two!

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