This is definitely worth seeing if you are in Toronto. The Chinese and Japanese sections, and the natural history section are all excellent. In the Chinese section, there is wonderful classic art and calligraphy. In the Japanese section, there are fine swords and Samurai armor. In the mineral section, there are the finest matched colored sapphire bracelet, finest morganite, and the largest topaz I have seen. In the fossil section, there are numerous carnivores including a deinonychus (sp.?), and there are mammals including a hyenadon, and smilodon. I would say the natural history section is the fifth best in North America which makes it mandatory viewing if you like fossils and are in Toronto. I was expecting more because of the minerals and specimens unique to Canada, but it looks like many of the best examples are in US museums. I was really surprised that they didn't have a mastadon with two tusks.
Some of the sections were also fairly bland, especially the Canadian history section, which was somewhat lousy. Canadian history has plenty to offer, but the collection here does not say much, and was disappointing for me. It contained bad portraits of obscure Canadians and unimpressive furniture from the 18th and 19th centuries.
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