"Just don't wear skinny heeled shoes!" ROM - Royal Ontario Museum Tip by lohki

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The Royal Ontario Museum opened in 1914 and is now the largest collection of natural history and world cultures in the country, with a focus on Canada.

The Micheal Lee-Chin Crystal has finally been unveiled to the public, although some of the new galleries are still under construction the extra space is welcomed. I find most of us here in the city "hate" the new addition, I have one friend who refers to it as "the tumour!" Then again most of Paris still hates the pyrmid at the Louve, so whatever.

What I do find strange is the lack of colour used inside. The ENTIRE new wing is going to be stark white, with black and metal grates on the floor? Maybe when eveything is open it won't feel so devoid and cold, we shall see.

On a positve note though, the Gallery of Canada: First Peoples is a must see. Filled with clothing, canoes, sculpture and incredible paintings. A new wing dedicated to Canada will open Fall 07 as well as the Dinosaurs in the Winter 07.

The two new cafes are finally worthy of the ROM-- C5 the restaurant/lounge is beautiflly done, albeit black and white and is on the fifth floor at the peak of the new Crystal. C5 can be accessed from the street as well as from inside the museum.

There is also the option of Food Studio, the new healthy and "earth friendy, market style eatery." The prices seemed reasonable, everything looked very fresh and you can see from the photo's it is a bright airy space that is good for the whole family.

Currently showing Ancient Peru Unearthed until Sept. 3, there are more than 120 artifacts from the Pre-Incan, Sican culture on display. Loved the bat headdress with the eyes that move!

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Address: 100 Queen's Park
Directions: By TTC: Museum Subway Station By Car: Drive on Bloor until you reach Avenue Road/Queen's Park. The Museum is on the southwest corner of Bloor Street and Queen's Park.
Phone: (416) 586-5549
Website: http://www.rom.on.ca/

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Mar 5, 2008
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