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Royal Ontario Museum

100 Queen's Park Crescent | At Bloor St., Toronto, Ontario M5S 2C6, Canada (Downtown Toronto)
416-586-8000
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Ranked #8 of 250 Attractions in Toronto
Type: History Museums, Natural History Museums, Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour, Dining
Fee: Yes
Owner description: The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) is among the world’s leading museums...
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Type: History Museums, Natural History Museums, Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour, Dining
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Hours:
Fri 10:00 am - 8:30 pm
Sat - Thu 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Owner description: The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) is among the world’s leading museums of natural history and world cultures. In combining a universal museum of cultures with that of natural history, the ROM offers an unusual breadth of experience to our audiences from around the world. We realize more acutely now that nature and humanity are intertwined, and the ROM offers many examples in its collections and programs of these fundamental relationships.
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Frankfurt, Germany
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40 reviews 40 reviews
18 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

This place is just a joke. It looks like they collected all kind of stuff, but in limited and scarce quantities ( let alone quality ), from all over the world in put in this place in complte mixed-bag type of fashion. Feels like my-grandma basement place. Don't waste your time and rather go for something else in Toronto, if... More 

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Boston
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73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

Don't miss the wildlife photography exhibit. The pictures are breathtaking and very well displayed, I was there during the week, so it wasn't too crowded. We didn't have much time, so, in addition. only managed to go on an excellent docent-led tour of the Rome collection, and also checked out the dinosaurs. I definitely will return when I'm next in... More 

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Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

ROM's permanent collection is varied and generally well-presented. They currently have a special exhibit on nature photography. It was very interesting because they provided information about how each shot was captured and presented, and also had works by very talented teen photographers.

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Toronto, Canada
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW via mobile

So, I love this place. Well I should first tell you I am museum goer. Taught my kids since they were newborns to love museums too. Anyhow.. About the ROM. - The best way to do it is to go online and check out their map. You can pin point all the "must sees" and the "if the kids aren't... More 

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Helsinki, Finland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

The ROM has eveything - something for everbody. If you can find it. A first visit is confusing, due to a more or less successful amalgamation of old and new, the new looking as weird as it gets. The architecture, I mean. What is this reviewer saying? She doesn't quote know herself :) I walked through many many phases of... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

The ROM is definitely one of my favourite places to visit in the city. It also helps that I get free tickets to events and exhibitions for the most part since I know someone that works there. However, in terms of exhibits, the ROM does it best. They have a HUGE range of exhibits that covers all eras of the... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

This is a museum located in Queen's Park shaped like a cube or something. However, the entrance is impossible to find! Before actually going into the museum, I visited the cafe at the basement. The tomato sauce of the pizza is sour. Anyway, I went on a guided tour of the museum and learnt things such as fossils of mammals,... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

I must admit , I don't like how the ROM was redesigned and reorganized. It's counterintuitive. The museum has many interesting exhibits. Tip: don't waste your money in ROMs cafeteria - the food sux and is overpriced. Cross the road to a bar- restaurant to get a nice lunch for half the price :-)

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Vancouver, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

This is a major museum with lots to see but somehow it just doesn't live up to its goal. The exhibits (other than special travelling exhibits) seem tired and haphazard. The amenities are definitely not up to snuff. It could be much better.

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Rijeka, Croatia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

The Royal Ontario Museum is huge, which I claim to be it's strength and weakness! There are too many exhibits with descriptions, which makes viewing and learning about everything in one day almost impossible. I guess you have to take your pick of what interests you most, and probably plan to spend the day there, luckily there is a cafeteria... More 

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