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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 21 May 2012

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.

Thank historymaker
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Reviewed 21 May 2012

Excellent exhibit. Interesting museum, well laid out.

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Reviewed 21 May 2012

well sinence is sinence and i had learnd alote of good excpireance well that is all i can say bye

Thank leannelouk
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Reviewed 20 May 2012

The Museum is an enchanting place with well designed and well placed objects. Although we spent a whole day, I feel it is not just enough to truly cherish the relics. It was the Friday before the long weekend of Victoria day and the Museum was full of young school kids, families, tourists, old couples etc.

For young children the pre historic area has a special charm with the facility of recorded clips to elaborate various dinosaurs n mamals. For history lovers it is a treat to see various chinese dynasties, customs of the indian tribes in USA n Canada, the intricate patterns used by Egyptians to pay homage to their dead, the islamic caligraphy, the jewel studded swords of Mughal era etc. The list is endless.

There were some special shows planned showing the highlights of ROM and Minerology, but we were too keen to see the entire place in one day and could not attend.

The staff is very friendly, place is extremely clean and the cafe in the basement serves decent food to revive the energy .

It sure is a place worth visiting again and again.

Thank bluelotus24
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Reviewed 19 May 2012

I was there for a wonderful business function. It is an excellent venue for business events or to show out of town family or friends.

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