Royal Ontario Museum
Toronto's own world leading museum of
The Royal Ontario Museum or ROM as it is known to locals, consists of over 6 million items and forty galleries and is one of the world’s leading museums of natural history and world cultures.
natural history and world culture
Opened on March 19, 1914 it has been an object of pride for Toronto ever since. With its 2007 opening of the Michael Lee-Chin Crystal pictured at left it remains one of Toronto’s premier symbols.
The museum has notable collections of dinosaurs, Canadian history, Egyptian mummies and art from various regions around the world. It also houses the world’s largest collections of fossils with over 150,000 specimens.
I have visited the museum on numerous occasions and always easily spend half a day here. Having also visited similar museums around the world it does stand as one on the worlds best. Not for every visitor but if you like history and world cultures the Royal Ontario Museum is a definite must see and you should plan to spend a few hours to fully appreciate its huge collection. No other museum in Toronto or for that matter Canada can really compare with the ROM.
Location of the Royal Ontario Museum
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The Royal Ontario Museum is located at 100 Queens Park in Toronto on the southwest corner of Bloor Street West and Queens Park.
The ROM is easily accessible by public transit both above and below ground. Visit my Toronto public transit page or the Toronto Transit Commissions official site at www.ttc.ca
If arriving by car there are plenty of signs leading you directly to the ROM but keep in mind that you are in the center of the city so parking is very expensive and varies according to the day and time you arrive.
Park at the lot found at 9 Bedford Road just north of Bloor Street, west of Avenue Road and when at the ROM admission desk ask for a parking voucher for the lot. A minimum 3-hour stay is required. When exiting the lot just present the coupon and receive a discounted parking rate.
The ROM is open every day of the year except Christmas Day. For opening times and admission prices visit their official website at www.rom.on.ca
The Toronto City Pass provides a discount on admission to the Royal Ontario Museum and a number of other popular Toronto attractions. If you are interested in visiting the ROM or maybe even one or more of the other attractions then you should take a look at what the Toronto City Pass has to offer. It may be worth your while and can result in a significant savings in money. Check out the Toronto City Pass here.
If you aren’t buying the Toronto City Pass try to schedule your visit for a Friday evening as the museum offers a 50% discount on admissions after 4:30PM Friday afternoons. While you will only be able to see a small portion of what the museum has to offer you can pick and choose a few different exhibits that are of the most interest to you.
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