Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto

Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto (must see)

From dinosaurs, meteors and historical artifacts to famous paintings, cultural artifacts and hands-on exhibits, the Royal Ontario Museum has it all. If you love museums and unraveling the past, historically, archeologically or scientifically, the Royal Ontario Museum is the place to be.

Receiving over a million visitors every year, the Royal Ontario Museum is one place that every tourist of Toronto has on his list. With over six million artifacts covering ancient history, art, meteorology, science, anthropology, archeology and paleontology, there is no mystery behind the huge reputation the Museum has. It is a proud owner of the largest collection of fossils from the Burgess Shale which is the world’s most popular and celebrated fossil field. Since its establishment in 1912, the Museum has had close ties with the University of Toronto. It was not until 1968, that the Royal Museum became a separate and independent body.

The architecture of the Museum also needs a special mention. The building is an amalgamation of different styles and designs of architecture ranging from Neo-Romanesque to Byzantine along with eye-catching ultra-modern and contemporary styles. The Royal Ontario Museum comes as the perfect treat for the eyes and provides food for imagination as well as one’s curiosity.

Why You Should Visit:
Royal and relevant; not only are the exhibits great and diverse too – the architecture alone is also an attraction.
Has over 40 galleries, a fantastic kids area on the 2nd floor, a nice souvenir shop & more.

Tip:
There are special events held often, and on certain Friday nights, the museum will become party central with an organized social, bar and opportunity to mingle among the artifacts.
Plan on being at the museum for about one hour per exhibit/collection and note that some special exhibitions may have an additional charge.
The c5 Restaurant Lounge, located at the top of the Crystal, offers views of Liza's Garden, a sustainable garden installed on the museum rooftop, as well as the Toronto skyline, and there are also other fine dining/coffee spots inside or close-by.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 10am-5:30pm
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Sight Name: Royal Ontario Museum
Sight Location: Toronto, Canada
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
Guide(s) containing this sight: City Orientation Walk I   Best of Toronto's Museum and Galleries Tour  

Walking Tours in Toronto, Canada

Create Your Own Walk in Toronto

Create Your Own Walk in Toronto

Creating your own self-guided walk in Toronto is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Toronto Islands Self-guided Tour

Toronto Islands Self-guided Tour

This chain of small islands located in Lake Ontario represents a great recreation destination surrounded by a peaceful and joyful atmosphere. The chain consists of three major islands (Center Island, Algonquin or Sunfish Island and Olympic Island) and several small ones. The Toronto Islands offer a great panoramic view of Toronto. Check out the attractions listed below that these islands offer to tourists.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.5 km
Souvenir Shopping Part 1

Souvenir Shopping Part 1

It would be a pity to leave Toronto without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Toronto, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.3 km
Cabbagetown Walking Tour

Cabbagetown Walking Tour

This neighborhood, located east of Toronto's downtown, was established in 1840. Once a small community of Irish immigrants and one of the poorest neighborhoods in Toronto, Cabbagetown was declared a historic district in 2004 and claims to be "the largest continuous area of preserved Victorian housing in North America". Check out the highlights of this region, as listed below.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 km
Toronto's Historic Walking Tour

Toronto's Historic Walking Tour

Once an Anglo backwater, Toronto represents today the cultural and economic heart of English-speaking Canada. It is not only a beautiful city, but also has a rich history dating back to 1793. This tour invites you to explore, at your own leisure, the heritage of Toronto. Don't miss visiting its most exciting and representative sights, as listed below.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 km
Religious Heart of Toronto Walking Tour

Religious Heart of Toronto Walking Tour

Because it is an ethnically diverse city, Toronto has different types of churches beginning with imposing Revival style Cathedrals to small postmodernist churches.This tour however aims to introduce you to some of the most famous religious structures in the city. While in Toronto be sure to check the ones listed below.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 km
Shopping Tour in Toronto

Shopping Tour in Toronto

There are many ways to enjoy shopping in Toronto. You can either walk along the oldest streets of the city, like Yonge street and visit the huge fancy shopping centers, or you can experience the atmosphere of the historic market of St. Lawrence. This tour has it all: from small unusual stores to big "all-mighty" malls. So don't hesitate to enjoy an authentic shopping experience by visiting the attractions listed below.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.5 km

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