Celebrating art, world culture and natural history, the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) is Canada’s largest natural history museum. Housing over six million specimens and artefacts across four impressive floors, it is also one of the largest museums in North America.
Whether it’s dinosaurs, Chinese temple structures, bat-cave replicas or Egyptian mummies that strike your fancy, ROM has a gallery or exhibition to suit all tastes.
The impressive museum – which opened in 1914 – came about after a group of Torontonians envisioned building a central Toronto museum to wow all who would visit. Fast-forward more than 100 years and it’s safe to say their mission has been achieved. With 40 galleries comprising art, archaeology and natural science exhibits, it’s no wonder the remarkable museum attracts over one million visitors annually.
ROM’s artefacts are distributed between two galleries: the Natural History Galleries and the World Culture Galleries. Lovers of natural history will enjoy the Gallery of Birds, Galleries of the Age of Dinosaurs and the eerie Bat Cave located in The Natural History Galleries on the second floor.
If world culture is up your alley, head to the first, third and fourth floors and be amazed by the Gallery of Chinese Architecture, the Eaton Gallery of Rome, the Galleries of Africa and the Wirth Gallery of the Middle East.
The hands-on CIBC Discovery Gallery on the second floor is the museum’s dedicated kids’ zone and will entice young minds with interactive areas and touchable displays. Aside from captivating historical galleries, ROM hosts a number of functions, talks and activities throughout the year.
Located near the University of Toronto in the Discovery District at Bloor and Queens Park, the museum is open from 10am to 5.30pm (8.30pm on Fridays) all throughout the year except Christmas Day.
General admission includes access to over 30 galleries: $14 for children aged four to 14; $15.50 for seniors and students aged 14 to 25; and $17 for adults.