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Royal Ontario Museum

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O V E R V I E W
Facility:Royal Ontario Museum
Description:Explore an exceptional array of themed galleries throughout the Museum, spanning both world cultures and natural history. With six million objects in the ROMís collections, thereís something new to discover around every corner.

A D D R E S S
Address 1:100 Queen's Park
Address 2:
City:Toronto
State/Province:ON
Zip Code:M5S 2C6
V I S I T I N G   I N F O
Hours:Monday to Thursday: 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Friday: 10:00 am - 9:30 pm
Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 am - 5:30 pm

The Museum closes at 4:00 pm on December 24 (Christmas Eve) and December 31 (New Year's Eve)
The Museum is closed on December 25 (Christmas Day) and January 1 (New Year's Day)
Admission:Adult $20.00
Senior (with ID) $17.00
Student (with ID) $17.00
Child (5 to 14 years) $14.00
Infant (4 years and under) free
Members free
Persons with disabilities full admission, 1 attendant free
Telephone:(416) 586-8000
Website:http://www.rom.on.ca/index.php
R E V I E W S
Melanie, Co-op Member
I can't say enough good things about the ROM! We absolutely love our visits, and there's always something new to discover.

The children's area has lots of hands-on fun, including some dress-up and a dinosaur dig (my kids' favourite activity). There are also great exhibits on animals, including a fun bat cave that the kids can walk through.

The dinosaur and crystal exhibits are also family favourites, with lots to see and learn.

The cafeteria is great with plenty of options for yummy fresh cooked foods. Guests are also welcome to bring along a packed lunch to save a little money.
Jennifer, Co-op Member
This is a difficult museum to love; even more so since they did some big renovations about 10 years ago (?). Much of the museum is now crammed into the weird "crystal" shape on the front, causing strange-shaped rooms, tight corners and dead ends. They also overhauled the dinosaur exhibit, removing ALL the previous dioramas they'd had for the previous 20-40 years - an incredible, 3-d multisensory exhibit showing the dinosaurs in a natural habitat.
Now, if you want to see dinosaurs, what you get is minimalist: skeletons, standing by themselves, without a context, surrounded by plexiglas cases with information and tiny artifacts. Sorry, but I don't love it.
I don't think the kids do, either; when we went as a family, most kids in the room were more distracted by the interactive video displays than the presence of enormous dinosaurs.
HOWEVER, all that said, we did a homeschool group tour and the tour guide was very good. The kids were quite engaged for the program, which was fascinating, and offered tons of dino facts.
Other highlights include Ancient Egypt (one broken-toed mummy) and the Bat Cave. We also enjoyed the gift shop - but if you go there with kids, be prepared to spend more than anything is worth, of course.
Oh - the final DOWNSIDE to the ROM is price. It's about $22 for adult admission now, and if you go with young kids, you probably won't be staying for long... so not the best value, either.
Go if it's your first time in Toronto, otherwise find times when it's free, or join a homeschoolers' group and get in for about $7 or $8!
Christine, Co-op Member
Amazing place for all ages.. We go atleast a couple of times a year.
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