Art, Miscealleanous

Downtown Diaries: Royal Ontario Museum

Museums are always fun. To me, at least. I love history, I love culture, I love weird stuff; I go crazy in museums. If you like museums too, this is a must-see.

What: The Royal Ontario Museum
How do I get there: Take the subway to St. George station, leave from the Bedford exit and walk to Bloor. It’s the building that looks like an explosion (credit for that gem: Jessica Kissun).
How much? Regular admission price at the ROM is $22. However, if you don’t feel like paying that much, they have half-price Friday nights– you pay only half if you arrive after 4:30pm. University and College students pay nothing on Tuesdays– just bring in your student ID and photo ID.

The ROM is open everyday from 10:00- 5:30, except for Fridays. On Fridays, it is open till 9:30.

This is what the building looks like.  This part of the building was funded by Michael Lee Chin and is called the Michael Lee Chin Crystal.

The ceiling to the right of the main foyer. It says “That all men may know his work”. I guess the women will never know!


A Greek statue of some sort. This is one of the things I love about the ROM. You know how a lot of museums do not allow you touch their items? The ROM doesn’t either, but they recreate some of the items so you can get a more tactile experience!

This happy looking man is about five times larger than you. Find him in the Chinese/South East Asian part of the ROM.

Smiling Buddha. The swastika on the front makes me wonder if this is an Indian version of the Buddha? I’m not sure I’ve seen the swastika used widely in South East Asian Buddhism.

Quartz, I think. I’m not too good with rocks. I kinda just go “oooo pretty” and forget the name. Pretty sure the collection includes a meteor of some sort.

Giant Totem poles: I read that totem poles were supposedly used to mark large Inuit houses. I guess they marked the ancestry and the tribe and all that important stuff.

Fun Fact: Polar bears have black skin. They’re also the world’s most dangerous bears. My favorite!

Eye of the tiger!

The biggest flower in the world, the rafflesia– a plaster remake. The bright petals and disgusting smell coming from the flower has the function of attracting insects that it eats. Yum!

This sharp lookin’ fella is a marine creature. Pretty teeth, huh?

A dinosaur baby! This poor guy hatched only about a million/billion years after he was supposed to!

This is only about 0.5% of what the ROM has to offer. If you love museums, this is the place for you. If you don’t like museums or have no particular feelings about one, it is a good way to spend your summer indoors away from the burning heat while gaining an educational experience. I believe history and culture must be experienced by all, so I would suggest going on the free/half-price days!

No, they did not pay me to write this.

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