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Day 94 of a 365-Day Portrait of Canada: A Visit to the Royal Ontario Museum

The Royal Ontario Museum is among the world’s leading museums of natural history and world cultures. It is a museum that is best seen over a series of visits, as there are a number of collections and artifacts to explore. There are also a number of children’s activities at the museum, and it would be a great place to take a class on a field trip.

The ROM website explains that It is the ROM’s mission to engage the public in exploration of cultural change and to serve as an advocate for science in the study of nature. The ROM is near completion of a major capital project (Renaissance ROM) that includes the building of 27 new galleries, the liberation of many stranded collections, the addition of valuable public amenities, and the creation of a dramatic new architectural piece for the front entrance in the Michael Lee-Chin Crystal, which is designed by Daniel Libeskind.

Although Tim and I found the entrance fee pricy, we discovered that the ROM does what it can to ensure that individuals from all financial backgrounds have access to the exhibits. If you cannot afford the $22 entry fee, then you have a number of other options. The Royal Ontario Museum’s Community Access Network (ROM CAN) provides free tickets to communities and individuals who may not otherwise visit the Museum. As well, admission is free every Wednesday from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm (except for the Nature of Diamonds exhibition). Half price admission remains on Fridays from 4:30 pm to 9:30 pm. If you are in the area, I would recommend making a visit one of your Toronto stops.

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The new James and Louise Temerty galleries feature a renowned collection of dinosaur skeletons, along with fascinating fossil birds, mammals, insects and plants of the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods.

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This diverse collection of antlers was in the Michael Lee-Chin Crystal’s staircase on the way down to the Diamond exhibit.  

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The Herman Herzog Levy Gallery is the main venue for changing exhibitions on East Asia, showcasing the broad scope and diversity of the ROM’s collection of Chinese, Japanese and Korean artifacts.

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Bishop White Gallery of Chinese Temple Art

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These exotic insect specimens can be found on the J.F. Driscoll Family Stair of Wonders

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Located on the second level, the Gallery of Birds displays hundreds of species of birds in flight, with pull-out drawers containing eggs, feathers, footprints and nests. Mini-dioramas focus on extinct birds and how environmental changes and habitat destruction have put other species in danger.

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