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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