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“Great experience overall”

Royal Ontario Museum
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Opened in 1914, the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) showcases art, culture, and nature from around the globe and across the ages. One of North America's most renowned cultural institutions, Canada's largest museum is home to a world-class collection of more than six million objects and specimens, featured in 40 gallery and exhibition spaces. As the country’s preeminent field research institute and an international leader in new and original findings in biodiversity, palaeontology, earth sciences, the visual arts, material culture and archaeology, the ROM plays a vital role in advancing our global understanding of the artistic, cultural and natural world. The Renaissance ROM expansion project (2007) merged the iconic architectural heritage of the original building with the Studio Daniel Libeskind-designed Michael Lee-Chin Crystal. A distinctive new symbol of Toronto for the 21st century, the Crystal marked the beginning of a new era for the ROM as the country's premier cultural and social destination.
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Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Great experience overall”
Reviewed October 14, 2013

The ROM has something for everybody, and some great surprises. The museum is well run, and has a good combination of crowd-pleasers (e.g. dinosaurs) and more challenging material. The layout of individual sections is clear, but I found it a bit of an aptitude test to navigate the whole building. If you are going with younger children, beware that the modern art section on the top floor has some material that is not appropriate for pre-teens. Plan to spend at least 3 hours - there is a lot to see, and you'll want to take breaks. If you go on a nice day, it's a good idea to allow some extra time to explore the neighbourhood of the museum - Queen's Park and the University of Toronto campus are both close by and worth a stroll. Parking in the vicinity of the ROM is understandably brutal. If I were to go again I would definitely take the subway - after all, the ROM is one of the Toronto landmarks that has its own subway station!

Visited May 2013
Thank Mark R
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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46 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Spectacular Exhibits”
Reviewed October 14, 2013

Both the permanent and periodic exhibits in this modern museum are worth spending a couple of hours with members of your family.

Visited June 2013
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Toronto, Canada
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“Better on the exterior”
Reviewed October 14, 2013

The exterior is splendid, even though many Torontonians hate it,; its very much a hate/love thing
Because of the odd walls, displays are poorly presented in the new sections, with weak lighting.
Some of the exhibits are great, such as the current Babylon

Visited September 2013
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Saskatoon, Canada
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“Amazing museum”
Reviewed October 14, 2013 via mobile

Something for everyone! Too much to see in one day. Definitely talk to the interpreters you meet....great knowledge! 10 out of 10!

Visited October 2013
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Ottawa, Canada
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Reviewed October 12, 2013

Extensive exhibition of the ancient civilisations of the area which now encompasses Iraq. Well laid out and utterly absorbing. Not to be missed!

Visited October 2013
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