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Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto

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#1 of 436 in Museums in Ontario
Appreciate edgy art and science at Royal Ontario Museum, Canada's largest museum. Thanks to its strong ties to the University of Toronto, the museum offers informative and up-to-date exhibits on everything from dinosaurs to modern fashion trends. It also houses an extensive collection of artworks from around the globe. Admire the museum's bold exterior, which features striking crystalline features contrasted with the building's original facade. Take a tour of the museum to get the full story behind the pieces on display. To visit Royal Ontario Museum on your trip to Toronto, use our Toronto online tour itinerary maker .
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  • a huge collection housed under one roof. impossible to see and process everything in a day. the guided tour was quick brush through. not in detail but time constraint makes that impossible.  more »
  • A must see for museum lovers. Expansive historical building which has now added modern architectural elements. Collections from First Nations, Rome, Egypt, China, Korea. An entire floor devoted to nat...  more »
  • Besides having an amazing collection of real skeletons and fossil shows restored much of the natural history of Canada and in the world beyond interactivity for kids.
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  • So many things to see - so many things to learn! From an exhibit on China to an exhibit on dinosaurs and of course, an exhibit on Canada, everyone in your family will find something to love. Unfortunately, I only stayed at the museum for an hour which is nowhere near enough time. If you're like me and enjoy reading all the informational plaques, you can stay here all day! I'm not joking - there's enough seating throughout the museum for ample rest and also a cafe on the ground level to recharge. I will definitely return the next time I'm in Toronto!
  • The ROM, specifically the whale exhibit happening right now, was really awesome. I could have easily spent all day in there going through all of the different exhibits. There were older and younger people and everyone in between enjoying the likes of dinosaur bones to cultural relics. The whale exhibit was especially cool! The only reason I didn't give five stars were the people working at the front desk weren't very helpful and did not explain how to get to the whale exhibit and what the timed entry on the tickets meant. All in all I would definitely recommend going.
  • The ROM is a city landmark. You can't say you know Toronto until you have visited both the AGO and the ROM. The ROM has a play area for small children, and plenty of exhibits. Don't go there and spend 2 hours. This is a venue that needs 4 hours minimum to get through all the floors. The ROM also has night events and special adult only events. It's an all age appropriate spot to bring people. Plus DINOSAURS! There are also special exhibits that are brought in every once in awhile, right now it's the Whale exhibit.
  • We drove past the ROM on the way to parking and my 5 year old girl screams "I'm so excited it feels like my head is going to pop off!" Have been to the ROM dozens of times but this was the first with my daughter. The second floor was the one that interested her most - Dinosaurs and Animals. I couldn't get her interested in the third floor (Rome, Greece, Egypt, etc) She also enjoyed the blue whale exhibit. They run excellent rules of your kids have the patience for lecture-style learning.
  • A large natural history museum with lots going on. Some of the galleries are nice and others look like a shopping mall display. The building is beautiful and interesting - actually multiple buildings fused together. The crystal inside is not that impressive. Awkward layouts and really nothing crystal like about it. For events the ROM is fantastic. We went for a "Friday" night and it was well catered and entertainment was on point.

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Most visitors stay in the historic neighborhood of Old Toronto, as the central district offers unparalleled access to the best attractions in the city and several metro stations within walking distance. If you're looking for a different taste of Toronto, stay in the trendy neighborhoods of West Queen West or King West Village, popular for their nightlife, arts, and cafe scenes. You can embrace Toronto's multicultural charms by staying in Chinatown, perhaps the city's best location for foodies.
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