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Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto

4.5
#1 of 1,972 in Museums in Canada
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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  • Artifacts from all over the world. The dinosaurs are impressive. Much larger than what you expect from the street view. The desk said you can do it in two hours, but you really need three.  more »
  • The museum is directly outside the subway station also called Museum. The leaflet says there is free WIFI here however I was not able to find it. There are five floors to explore so wear comfortable s...  more »
  • Great way to spend a day, I was sorry we had to rush our visit. so much to see and the employees were very friendly.  more »
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  • A huge and impressive museum with a very wide variety of displays (minerals, fossils, current animals, ecology, and a wide variety of cultural artifacts from across the world in several large displays). The building is a cool fusion of new and old with the modern crystal architecture overlaid on top of a historic castle. Special exhibits rotate a few times a year and are always worth seeing. Ticket prices have gone up and down over the years; currently a little high for my taste but I'll still go. A yearly membership is worthwhile for the special exhibition passes alone.
  • The museum hosts some great exhibits and exhibitions but has a few negatives that impact a full five-star experience. In 2017 they reopened the old entrance off Queens Park which is fantastic as it offers easy access from the Museum subway stop and in 2018 they added free coat check as a membership perk. They routinely host a exhibition of Wildlife photography which is amazing and their dinosaur and biodiversity exhibits are great. However some exhibits have not had significant updates in years (Egypt for example) and the layout of the building is hindered in that the new addition is essentially a growth off the old building which makes for some navigation challenges to the newcomer. Additionally the cafe is a touch pricey on site but they have space to eat if you bring your own food so plan ahead.
  • Not only is it probably the best museum in Ontario I would argue that it's probably the best museum in all of Canada. There is so much culture and knowledge portrayed in such a civilized clean accessible open manner. The first three floors touch on important time. Such as ancient Egypt ancient Rome Ancient Asia. There's also elements of animals and geology insects birds large mammals dinosaurs. However the best is on the fourth and fifth floor which this is where exhibits from all over the world stop in Toronto. Recommended for friends families dates and even yourself if you just want to take your time away from it all.
  • It's always a pleasure to go to Rom. 1) great collections, always engaging material 2) great place to explore contemporary architecture ( Crystal building) and classical architecture (original building) 3) super-friendly staff with tours around the clock. They are very knowledgeable. 4) their food is good. Better than most museums around. 5) kids have the time of their lives. 6) their gift shop has cool stuff.
  • The building is absolutely stunning - a great mix of old and modern. Natural history type of exhibits. There is a great variety of exhibits to see and can fill up your day for a few hours. Great for families and kids. The most impressive exhibit is the taxidermy/animals section.
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