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Royal Ontario Museum – 16 September 2015

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For our final full day in Toronto we visited the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM). As in previous days we travelled into Toronto on the GO Transit. We then got the TTC metro to St George. Museum station is at the south west corner of the museum complex, hovever St George on Bloor Street West is closer to the main entrance.

In 2007, a new extension and entrance to the museum was built in Bloor Street West, called the Crystal, designed by Daniel Libeskind. This is the main entrance to the ROM, and at the admission desk we handed over our Toronto Pass vouchers (previous bought at Casa Loma.

"The Crystal" entrance to ROM

“The Crystal” entrance to ROM
16 September 2015

The 1933 entrance to the ROM was on the eastern side of the building on Queens Park. The entrance hall features a mosaic on the rotunda ceiling.

Ceiling of the Rotunda

Ceiling of the Rotunda
16 September 2015

In the main hall there is a major dinosaur skeleton, this is accompanied by more in the Crystal. Hanging by the windows is a turtle.

Turtle fossil

Turtle fossil
16 September 2015

Nearby (also in the Crystal, is the Bat Cave. This dark exhibit is a simulated habitat of bats.

In an older part of the building, is the Samuel European Gallery. It was interesting seeing how the Canadians see Europe. As well as a some Charles Rennie Mackintosh items, there was also some London items including this poster for a “Nightman and Poleman” for the London Borough of Southwark.

Vacancy notice for a Nightman and Poleman in Southwark

Vacancy notice for a Nightman and Poleman in Southwark
16 September 2015

One thing that I managed to capture was the 1930s entrance on Queens PArk

1930s frontage to ROM

1930s frontage to ROM
16 September 2015

We arrived at ROM mid morning, and were not sure what else we were going to do once we have finished. The easy answer to that was nothing as we left at around closing time. We took one of the Sightseeing buses down to the Harbour front, to sample our last Beaver Tails of our visit to Toronto.

Sightseeing Bus reflected in the Crystal.

Sightseeing Bus reflected in the Crystal.
16 September 2015

Just a taster of ROM. We will need to visit again next time we are in Toronto, as there is plenty more to see.

Author: Stewart

An instrumentation engineer who enjoys photography and singing. Working in the West of Scotland; a member of St Mary's Cathedral Glasgow and Southwark Cathedral; and a volunteer guard/signalman on the Ffestiniog Railway in North Wales.

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