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LOCATION The Royal Ontario Museum is on the northern side of Queen’s Park, Toronto
ACCESS Open to visitors with tickets
Jan: 23°F (-5°C); Apr: 43°F (6°C); Jul: 70°F (21°C); Oct: 48°F (9°C)
Canada’s largest museum, affectionately called the “ROM” by locals, has seen dozens of world- class exhibits, most involving world culture or natural history, pass through its halls since its construction in 1912. But with the recent Renaissance Royal Ontario Museum project wowing critics all over the world, it is the museum’s ability to reinvent itself that has impressed connoisseurs of architecture. This massive renovation and expansion initiative is highlighted by the Michael Lee-Chin Crystal, a new angular facing designed by the highly respected architect Daniel Libeskind. By stepping into the 21st century with such an wonderful renovation, the museum is a shining example of how modern architecture can reinterpret and reinvigorate even the oldest of buildings.
Getting There and Around Located in downtown Toronto, the museum is easily accessible by car, bus, or train.
When to Go Visit during Ontario’s moderate spring (Mar–May) and fall (Sep–Nov). Check the museum’s calendar of events for special exhibits.