Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto | Explore the Extraordinary

by Denise Marie

Established in the early 20th century, the Royal Ontario Museum is Canada’s largest museum that’s dedicated to natural history. Situated near Queen’s Park in downtown Toronto, the ROM hosts dozens of exhibits on ancient cultures and prehistoric animals. From dinosaur fossils and Greek sculptures to Egyptian relics and Chinese textiles, you’ll see an array of interesting items on display on four different levels.

Michael Lee-Chin Crystal at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto

Michael Lee-Chin Crystal at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto

Collection Highlights and Other Attractions

The Michael Lee-Chin Crystal entrance welcomes guests into the Royal Ontario Museum’s main lobby on Level 1. Some notable exhibits on this level focus on Chinese, Japanese and Korean culture. You can also explore the Canada Art & Culture and First Peoples galleries on this floor. The Samuel Hall Currelly Gallery links the Oriental-themed exhibits with the Canadian exhibits. A life-size skeletal display of a dinosaur dominates the scene at the adjacent Gloria Chen Hall. If you’re interested in learning more about Jurassic creatures and other extinct animals, head to Level 2. This level also features the Hands-On Biodiversity, Earth’s Treasures and Biodiversity: Life in Crisis. Additionally, The Bat Cave offers a virtual tour through a realistic cave that’s typically inhabited by bats.

Are you fascinated by ancient civilizations? Take the elevators or stairs to Level 3. You can explore the Greece, Cyprus and Bronze Age Aegean galleries on this floor. Mummies and other relics from Pharaohs are on display at the Egypt exhibit. Additionally, Level 3 focuses on the great Roman and Byzantine Empires. You can also learn about Asian, African and Middle Eastern cultures on the third floor of the Royal Ontario Museum. The Centre Block links the Byzantium Gallery with Eaton Court and other halls that host special European exhibitions. Level 4 includes the Textiles and Costume and Roloff Gallery.

Hungry for lunch? You may enter the basement’s cafeteria or Druxy’s ROM Café through the President’s Choice School Entrance. The Eaton Theatre is also located in the basement. Before you leave the museum, don’t forget to pick up some unique gifts from the ROM Boutique.

Location and Getting There

The Yonge-University Line 1 subway trains serve Museum Station, which is only steps away from the ROM. This underground station is accessible from Queens Park, a major road that carries northbound and southbound traffic. Multiple TTC buses also stop near the museum’s northeastern corner, including the 300, 5 and 142 routes. Parking garages for passenger cars are accessible from Bloor St West and Queen’s Park.

Click to visit the Royal Ontario Museum official website or to book your ROM admission ticket.

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