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“One day isn't enough”

Royal Ontario Museum
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Ranked #20 of 535 things to do in Toronto
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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 4 July 2014

This is by far the best museum I ever visited. It's massive with it's 3 floors plus one extra floor for special exhibitions.

Each floor has different themes. On the first floor they have a massive collection of Chinese, Japanese and Korean artifacts. The Chinese collection is the largest outside China.
On this level they also have a native Canadian exhibition and one exhibition from the colonial time.

Only this floor took me a couple of hours.

The second floor has an impressive dinosaur and mammals exhibition. Some of the dinosaurs and mammals are complete in real bones, while some have parts replicated or missing.
On the same level there an exhibition of all kind of animals including a bat cave (a replica of a real bat cave in Jamaica).
Here is also an exhibition of meteorites, rocks, precious minerals and gems. They are in all kind of shapes, sizes and colors. Here is also a coin made of 100 kg pure gold, worth over $1 000 000.

The third floor contains artifacts from Europe, Africa and Middle east. You find artifacts from Egypt, Rome, Greece and much much more.

The last floor is for special exhibition and right now it's the "Forbidden City". For this exhibition you have to pay an extra fee and it's also forbidden to take photos on this exhibition.

This is an absolut must see and is worth every cent. The only negative is that it's so big that it can barely be seen in one day. I needed to hurry up after the first floor and felt a bit stressed for the rest of the visit. I mean, how can you possible be able to examine millions of artifacts in one day?

Thank DanielHenrysson
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Reviewed 4 July 2014

Have not been to the ROM in decades and was so impressed by all the updates. The second floor is where we spent most of our time with our two year old daughter. This floor has animals, bats and dinosaurs as well as an interactive play area for kids. There was so much information and great displays that unfortunately one visit probably wouldn't be enough! The touch screens they had were great with so much info and great pics/videos which kept my daughter entertained. In fact, the only way we could get her away from a touch screen is to find another that was unused and get her to use that one:) The museum was very bright, clean and kid friendly which was fantastic. If you love museums then this one would most likely interest you.

Thank gryphgirl
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Reviewed 4 July 2014

I've lost track of how many times I've visited the ROM. It's a beautiful, expansive museum with lots to see and experience. The exhibits are well curated and endlessly fascinating. There's something for all tastes and ages.I love the dinosaurs and the rotating special exhibits. The building itself is a marvel and perfect blend of old and new.

Thank Sara H
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Reviewed 3 July 2014

The Royal Ontario Museum, commonly known as ROM, is grand both in size and its exhibits. Located near the University of Toronto, the permanent galleries include: the largest collection of Chinese architectural artifacts outside of China; a fine gallery of Canadian paintings; one the best dinosaur displays I have seen; Nubian, Egyptian, Mid-eastern, Roman, Greek, Japanese, and Korean art and more. Each gallery is well organized and the displays are easy to understand and see.
The special exhibit when we were there was The Forbidden City, more than 200 items from Beijing's Palace Museum (the former Imperial Palace), some on display outside of China for the first time. And it is not just glorious clothing, jewelry and golden pieces, though there is plenty of that, but you get a glimpse of what life was really like in the Forbidden City for all levels of society, from the Emperor to the concubines and eunuchs. There are other limited time exhibits as well - early Islamic textiles, the pivotal design period around 1814, etc.
Take the subway to the St. George or Museum Station and you will see the building. It is on Bloor St in the Yorkville section, which is also a fine area for up scale shopping.

Thank Roamin88
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Reviewed 3 July 2014

I was impressed by the way they integrated the older part with the new construction. When I visited, the temporary exhibition was on the Chinese Forbidden City; very nice. I could have spent more time visiting all the sections. Will definitely be back.

Thank YulLu
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