Toronto – Royal Ontario Museum (ROM)

In my last post I mentioned about our visit to CN Tower “Civil Engineering wonders of the world”. We happily returned back and I was very happy that I had seen CN Tower. The money was also in my mind that we had spent CAD 140 in the first week at Toronto in my Ghumakkari. The next day morning one of our friend (who has come to Toronto 4 months back ) came and he told us that during any of the weekend all of us will plan and go to Toronto Zoo. He also said that we will buy City pass which is very economical i.e just $ 60 per adult and $40 for kid and includes Toronto Zoo , Ontario Science Centre , Royal Ontario Museum , Casa Loma and ………………..CN Tower;Which means $ 140 for 5 points.

”Humare to kaate to khoon nahi” wala hisab ho gaya. Both of us got shocked. We had spent $140 only at CN Tower where as in the same amount we could have visited 5 points. We felt so regretted that in hurry we made a mistake. We should have done some research before going. I was feeling very bad and sad that because of my Ghumakkar itching I had wasted $140.I felt bad for continuous 2 days and then I decided to write a mail to CityPass.I wrote a mail to Citypass describing all the events happened and if they can somehow help us to issue us CityPass. Within 2 hours I got reply from CityPass that money has gone to CN tower account, so we can’t help you in this case.

When I received the response I was impressed with the CityPass team that they had responded me so quickly but was also upset due to negative response. The next step I did was I forwarded the mail to CN tower sales team and asked them if they can help. I waited for next 6 hours, checking my mails after every hour but I didn’t get any response. Next day morning sharp 0915 I received a mail from CN Tower team and they said that they will change our general admission ticket (without Skypod entry) into citypass booklet and I can bring all the tickets and payment receipt. He also told us to exchange it quickly as he can not hold on the offer for long time. I was so happy that next Saturday we went to CN Tower and got our ticket replaced by City pass booklet and saved exact $100.Hats off to me and for all my effort and quick responsive team of Citypass and CN tower team.

Toronto City Pass Booklet

Toronto City Pass Booklet

After collecting Citypass booklet we decided to go straight to Royal Ontario Museum (ROM).This time my research and background check was very much accurate , so we did not find any difficulty in reaching ROM. But weather was not good. It was 3 degree (feels like -1 degree), still we managed to travel and walk in windy and sunny weather with my 5 year kid and reached ROM.

Sharing $100 saving happiness

Sharing $100 saving happiness

TTC Station " Museum"

TTC Station ” Museum”

At the Entrance

At the Entrance

So, here comes the benefit of buying Citypass. First of all Citypass is very very economical, secondly there is no need to stand in a long queue of buying tickets but the disadvantage is its validity which is just 9 days which means one has to finish seeing all these points in just 9 days. In the Citypass reviews, I had mentioned my comment on increasing the validity period of the pass. We had skipped the ticket queue and directly entered in the Museum.

Royal Ontario Museum (ROM):

Address: 100 Queens Park,Toronto.ON

Phone : 416-586-8000

Website : www.rom.on.ca (For timings check website)

At the entrance we were welcomed by the huge skeleton of Dinosour. Out 0f 5 + 2 levels , 3 levels were exclusively dedicated for Museum display.

Level 1 Gallery :
At the entrance (Level 1) there are Japan, Asian Special , China, Korea, Canadian Special, Canada ,First Peoples special and First People Exhibitions galleries.

Level 1 Galleries

Level 1 Galleries

China Gallery

China Gallery

Entrance to Galleries

Entrance to Gallery at level 1

Fusion Concept ...

Fusion Concept …

Lord Vishnu

Lord Vishnu

Totem Poles

Totem Poles

In the visitors guide we can find special mention of “ICONIC must see treasures of the ROM” of each level. Thus one can not miss the special display. We took almost 01 hour to complete level 1 itself. As usual we got tired and hungry so we went to Café at ROM.We were sure that we will not get anything vegetarian to eat and may be we have to returned with just eating French fries.When we went to Café we were surprised to found wide range of Vegetarian Pizzas and bakery product were available. We had ordered Pizza slice and Muffins. After finishing our snacks we moved to next level of Gallery.

Level 2 Gallery :
This level was of more excitement for kids. At this level there are galleries of Dinosours , Mammals , Discovery Gallery , Birds, Bat , Biodiversity, Gems and Gold , Minerals etc.

Level 3 Gallery : This level has Galleries of different continents like Africa, the Americas and Asia Pacific , Middle East , South Asia , Egypt, Nubia, Greece, Rome, Europe etc.

Dinosour Gallery

Dinosaur Gallery

Birds Gallery

Birds Gallery

At the same level there was Kids play area. There were many educational toys / games were on display. Kids can spent hours and hours at this section. There was telescope, Tribal tent, Vintage dresses , Sand exploration area, finger puppets etc. The best part of this area or anywhere in Toronto that everywhere kids strollers are allowed. There are access made in such a way that people can carry stroller along with kid with less difficulty. There are designated Stroller parking areas near Kids area.I really like this concept as if you travelling with kids it really becomes difficult to carry them, their stuff etc.People here actually carry half home in their stroller.You will find everything in stroller . Public transport and accessibility are all made to suit Stroller.

Enjoying at Kids Area

Enjoying at Kids Area

Kids Area

Kids Area

Finger Puppet at Kids Area

Finger Puppet at Kids Area

Light of the Dessert "Cerrussite" Gem

Light of the Dessert “Cerussite” Gem

Golden Temple

Golden Temple

Greece Miniature

Greece Miniature

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In Animal Galleries there are staff who will explain you variety of creatures, their skin type , other habits etc.Its a knowledgeable tour for both kids and adults.

Animal Galleries

Animal Galleries

 

Maple Forest Inside Museum

Maple Forest Inside Museum

It is a huge Museum and one really need minimum 05 hours to see it properly. By the time we finished all galleries , our camera battery as well as Mobile battery didn’t continue with us. Still it was fun as well as very good experience to watch such a large Museum. Journey to Casa Loma, Toronto Zoo continues in next post.

12 Comments

  • Nandan Jha says:

    Thank you Abhee for not only taking us to illustrated tour of ROM but also sharing your experience with CityPass and CN Tower. It would be very useful for anyone planning a trip. I am pretty amazed by the response by CNTower.

    Photos are looking stretched. I would look into it.

    • Abhee K says:

      Thanks NJ.

      Yes, CN tower experience is really good especially If I convert Canadian amount into Indian Currency :).

      Infact, this is one more experience I had here that if you send an email to anyone/anywhere in Canada you are bound to get reply/response.

      I am really not sure what went wrong with the pictures in the post.May be this time I did batch resize of pictures, that could be the reason that all pictures are looking stretched up.I will not repeat the same process again.I will resize it individually

      Regards

  • Prasad Np says:

    This museum seems to be such a wonderful place, with science, history and even sections for kids. So happy to see exhibits from India, including the model of Golden temple

    • Abhee K says:

      Hi Prasad,

      This Museum is really very nice. I liked the Salar Jung Museum at Hyderabad and this is much much bigger than it.It is really very good.Being at Toronto even we were crazy to see Indian Section.

      In the same museum there is Must see Iconic is thereIts name is “Blue Lady”. As our camera battery drained out at the end of the day we were unable to take a picture of it.This Exhibit is by an Indian Artist.

      Thanks again.

  • injamaven says:

    images are all distorted. and the Hindu PALA murthi is so dark you can’t see it at all. How about adjusting your photos before posting ?

  • Rakesh Niraj says:

    ???? ??? ??? ??? ?? ???? ??? ????????? ?? ?????? ??? ????? ???- ??? ?? ?? ????? ?? ??? ???? ? ??????? ?????? ?? ???? ??? ????? ???? ????? ???? ?? ?? ?? ????? ?? ???-??? ??? ?? ????? ?? ???? ??? ???? ?? ??? ??? ?? ???? ??????? ??? ?? ??? ?????????? ?? ??? ?? ????? ??? ????? ?????

    • Abhee K says:

      Thanks Rakesh ji.

      Apne sahi kaha.

      Package ke baare me pata lagana ekdum sahi habit hai jo mai generally karti hu agar hum kahi ghumne jaate hai.Kyunki naye shehar me jo cheez kabhi sapne me dekhte the wo achanak saamne aa jaaye to saari google research aur Ghumakkari tips bhul gaye the hum log jab humne apne apko CN Tower ke saamne khada paaya.

      Apke badhiya se encouraging comment ke liye thanks…

  • ashok sharma says:

    good post.that C N Tower episode is very good and encouraging tourists.such humanitarian lessons should be learned and practiced by agencies in our country too.

  • Abhee K says:

    Thanks Ashok ji for liking the post.

    Yes, here policies and procedures are so clear that may be staff are doing something which is part of their duty but that experience really makes us happy when we are experiencing it for the first time.

    Thanks again.

  • Nirdesh Singh says:

    Hi Abhee,

    I was missing a jewel. Now I know where it is!

    Looks like you are enjoying Canada. Looking forward to the day when I climb CN Tower.

    What is the history around the Lord Vishnu idol. Does the museum owns it or has it come from India as part of some exchange program?

    Nice photos. Keep writing!

  • Abheeruchi says:

    Hi Nirdesh,

    Thankfully my post helped you to find something important :)

    Yeah, I am enjoying Canada.Trying to see what all I can explore.Even I had same dream when I was in India, never knew it will be fulfilled soon.Now CN Tower is so near by that everyday I can see it from my window and can go to CN tower for evening walk..Things really changed.

    Frankly speaking this question didnt arise in my mind.But Lord Vishnu idol was not a part of India Exhibit.It is placed at the central area of ROM atrium and nothing was mentioned.

    Thanks again.

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