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Royal Ontario Museum
NileGuide Expert Says:
Special group tours can be arranged in English, French, Cantonese, Mandarin and Spanish.
100 Queen's Park
M5S 2C6 Toronto, Canada
tel: +1 416 586 5549
Sat-Thurs 10am-6pm; Fri 10am-9:30pm
NileGuide Expert tip:
From 4:30-9:30 pm on Fridays, admission is half-price; from 4:30-5:30 pm on Wednesdays, admission to the permanent collection is free!
With the addition of the Michael Lee-Chin Crystal in 2007, Toronto's Royal Ontario Museum became a major point of architectural interest (and debate) in the city. It is also home to six million Canadian and international artifacts that spread across three levels of gallery space. One of the largest museums in North America, the ROM is a primary research and tourism destination for visitors and locals alike. Blending arts and science, old and new, the ROM's collection is devoted to exploring the relationship between nature and humanity and is divided into three gallery spaces: World Culture, Natural History and Hands-on. In addition, a continuous roster of exciting temporary shows pass through the museum's special exhibition galleries. The kid-friendly second level features a special, interactive space (the CIBC Discovery Gallery), where young patrons can participate in a Dinosaur Dig, get close to replica clothing and armour, and get an inside look at a (child-size) tipi.
You may want to continue your cultural experience with a nice dinner at the nearby Pho Hung
Vietnamese restaurant for some delicious Pho - the delicious and filling beef soup that makes this restaurant famous.
The museum is situated between Yorkville
(if you need some extravagant retail therapy, or even window-shopping) and The Annex (if you want to wind down afterwords with some lighter shopping or smaller cozy restaurants.