100 Queen's Park
M5S 2C6
Phone: 416 586 8000

Royal Ontario Museum

The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) is an internationally renowned museum
and a popular public attraction in downtown Toronto, Canada. First
opened to the public in 1914, the ROM has grown to become Canada’s
largest museum of world cultures and natural history, with some six
million objects in its collections today. The ROM presents engaging
galleries of art, archaeology and natural science from around the world,
with a spotlight Canada’s culture and natural history. The Museum also
conducts important scientific and academic research around the world in
partnership with prominent institutions and governments.
In 2005/2006, the ROM welcomed close to one million visitors to its
acclaimed galleries, international travelling exhibitions, and public
education programs. Long considered one of the best cultural and social
locales in Toronto, the ROM also offers fine shopping, elegant dining
and excellent facilities for special events. In 2005, Canadian Event
Magazine chose the ROM as the Top Event Venue in Canada, for the third
consecutive year.
Renaissance ROM is the Museum’s current $250-million expansion and
renovation project, designed by renowned architect Daniel Libeskind.
Restoring the best features of the historic 1914 and 1933 wings plus the
spectacular Michael Lee-Chin Crystal addition, will allow the permanent
display of more collections in 27 new and renovated galleries, combined
with improved public amenities. The project also aims to increase
visitor attendance to generate additional revenues for its collection... [ Read all ]

Permanent Collection

The collections and research are the basis of the Royal Ontario Museum's international reputation. Numbering almost six million objects, the Museum's diverse collections of world cultures and natural history make the ROM one of the largest museums in North America.

World Cultures
The Department of World Cultures is the amalgamation of the former departments of West Asian, Far Eastern, Egyptian, Textiles, European, Greek and Roman, Canadiana, New World Archaeology, and Ethnology. Our curators actively conduct research in these areas as art historians, archaeologists and material culture specialists. The diversity of their work is reflected in a wide variety of objects to be found in our collections, ranging from Stone Age implements from China and Africa, the arms and armours from Europe, Middle East and Japan, kayaks and costumes of Canada’s First Peoples, ceramics from ancient Peru, sculptures from Southeast Asia and mummies from Egypt, to 20th-century art and design.

Natural History
The Department of Natural History is comprised of 12 collection and research areas: Botany, Entomology, Herpetology, Ichthyology, Invertebrate Zoology, Mammalogy, Mycology, Ornithology, Invertebrate Palaeontology, Vertebrate Palaeontology, Geology, and Mineralogy.


Ancient Peru Unearthed: Golden Treasures of a Lost Civilization
Until August 6, 2007
Discover what was uncovered in an undisturbed, gold-filled tomb in this intriguing look into the mysterious pre-Inca Sicán civilization from northern Peru.

Glass Worlds: Paperweights from the ROM’s Collection
Until November 25, 2007
Over 250 miniature worlds of brilliant colour and style are featured in this exhibition of spectacular 19th- and 20th-century glass paperweights.

Previous Exhibitions

Heaven or Hell: Images of Chinese Buddhist and Daoist Deities and Immortals
November 25, 2006 to May 6, 2007

Déco Lalique
December 26, 2006 to March 18, 2007

Italian Arts & Design: The 20th Century
October 28, 2006 to January 7, 2007

Carlos Garaicoa
September 9 to December 31, 2006
Level 1, Weston Family Wing

Korea around 1900: The Paintings of Gisan
December 26, 2005 to October 29, 2006
Herman Herzog Levy Gallery

General Idea’s AIDS Sculpture
August 12, 2006 to October 1, 2006

In Search of Vashti
August 2, 2006 to September 18, 2006

Ornamenting the Ordinary: Crafts of South Asia
September 3 to October 30, 2005

Forthcoming exhibitions

Drama and Desire: Japanese Paintings from the Floating World, 1690 - 1850 June 2, 2007 to August 12, 2007
This exhibition offers an unparalleled overview of the ukiyo-e genre of painting that developed during Japan’s Edo period (1603-1867). Drawn from the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, more than 80 exquisite ukiyo-e paintings, screens and hanging scrolls by major artists of the 17 th to 19th centuries explore themes such as the iconography of courtesan and actor images.

Hiroshi Sugimoto: History of History June 16, 2007 to August 19, 2007
Conceived and curated by internationally acclaimed Japanese contemporary artist Hiroshi Sugimoto, this exhibition brings together more than 50 works, including new works specially-created for the ROM’s engagement. Well known for his photographic series of seascapes, natural history dioramas and wax museum figures, Sugimoto combines evocative hand-printed, black and white images, reminiscent of 19 th century photography, with prehistoric fossil specimens and traditional Japanese artworks from his own private collection. This is the inaugural exhibition presented by the ROM’s Institute for Contemporary Culture in its new gallery atop the Michael LeeChin Crystal.


Adult $18.00
Senior (with ID) $15.00
Student (with ID) $15.00
Child (5 to 14 years) $12.00
Infant (4 years and under) free
Members free
Person with disability free

*Admission is free one hour before closing, except for specially ticketed exhibitions. Some restrictions may apply during our renovations.
* Discount coupons or vouchers may not be accepted for special or separately ticketed exhibitions.

Opening hours

Saturday to Thursday: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday: 10:00 am - 9:30 pm

June 1st to June 2nd
The Museum is closed to the public to make way for the spectacular Architectural Opening & Building Dedication of the Michael Lee-Chin Crystal.

On June 2, the public is invited to attend the free events beginning at 8:00 pm on the ROM Plaza. Formal ceremonies begin at 9:30 pm. Tickets will be made available on a first-come, first-serve basis to the public at designated pick-up desks starting on June 2nd at the ROM.

June 3rd
Celebrate with us! Be among the first to see the new Michael Lee-Chin Crystal. The ROM offers this one-day only free admission to enjoy the Architectural Opening & Building Dedication.
Museum Open: 12:30 am - 6:00 pm

June 4th to 8th
Daily: 10:00 am - 9:30 pm

June 9th to 30th
Saturday to Thursday: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday: 10:00 am - 9:30 pm

July 1st to September 2nd
Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Monday to Friday: 10:00 am - 9:30 pm

Getting there

Public Transportation
The ROM is located at the Museum stop on the Yonge-University-Spadina subway line. The St. George stop on the Bloor-Danforth subway line is also nearby. Visitors can also take the Avenue Road Bus #5 south from the Eglinton subway station. For more information on public transportation, see the Toronto Transit Commission website, or call 416.393.4636.

Driving Directions
If you are driving on the Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW), follow the Gardiner Expressway to Spadina Avenue. Proceed north on Spadina Avenue to Bloor Street W. and then turn right (east). Proceed east on Bloor until you reach Avenue Road/Queen's Park. The Museum is on the southwest corner of Bloor Street W. and Queen's Park.

From Highway 401, take Avenue Road south to Bloor Street W. or take the Don Valley Parkway south to the Bloor Street W. ramp and proceed west along Bloor Street to Avenue Road.

There are several paid parking lots within walking distance of the Museum:
Parking 9 Bedford Road, north of Bloor Street, west of Avenue Road
Parking 37 Yorkville Ave, north of Bloor Street, east of Bay Street

Accessible Parking
The parking lot at 9 Bedford Road has four accessible parking spots location on Level B1. An elevator nearby provides access to street level.

Parking Discount
Come to the Admissions Desk and ask for a parking voucher for a discount at the Toronto Parking Authority municipal parking lot at 9 Bedford Road. A three-hour minimum stay is required. When exiting the parking lot, present the coupon with your entry parking ticket to receive the following discounted rates:

* Monday to Saturday (7:00 am - 6:00 pm) $11.00
* Monday to Sunday/Hol...+ [ Read all ]


The Loblaws Entrance, the main entrance to the Museum, is located on the south side of the building and is equipped with an automatic door. A ramp with handrails is located on the Museum’s south plaza.
The Admissions Desk, located at your left upon entry, is approximately 13 metres (40 ft) from the main doors. The Admissions Desk features an accessible position.
Taxis and other vehicles may use the bus offloading lane located at 100 Queen’s Park to drop off and pick-up visitors with disabilities. Parking is not permitted in this lane. For more information on parking, see Location & Parking.

Guide dogs and hearing dogs are welcome. Seating can be found in a number of galleries.

A limited number of wheelchairs are available at the coat check, free of charge and with identification. All floors are accessible by elevator. Chair lifts operated by Security connect the east and west sections of the building on Level 2 and Level 3. A chair lift and ramp provide access to the Signy and Cléophee Eaton Theatre on Level 1B. A chair lift provides access to the theatre stage. Please ask Security for assistance.

An accessible water fountain is located on Level 1B. Accessible washrooms are available on every floor. A washroom for assisted toileting purposes is located in the First Aid Room on the Level 1. Please ask Security for access.

ROM Reproductions
Find unique gifts at this shop carrying an exclusive assortment of reproductions from the ROM’s own collections.
More Information

ROM Museum Store
ROM Museum Store is now featuring merchandise inspired by the special exhibition Ancient Peru Unearthed: Golden Treasures of a Lost Civiliza...+ [ Read all ]

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The Royal Ontario Museum’s educational programs stir fascination, curiosity and wonder. Young visitors can see the objects that have shaped our world and often engage with the scientists and archaeologists studying them. Whether a school visit, activity-based program or travelling kit, the ROM inspires learning in people of all ages with enjoyable and unique experiences.

For full details of all school programs please see the website


Family events are listed here

Please check to see what we have on!


Saturday Morning Club
Paint a masterpiece, build an empire and explore the world—before lunch! Children will enjoy eight Saturdays of fun-filled, educational adventures in the ROM's fascinating galleries.

Summer Club
One of the city's most creative and diverse summer camps for over 60 years, Summer Club offers an array of fun, activity-based programs inspired by the ROM’s collections and research. The huge variety of offerings ensures that there is a program to match any interest and ability. The ROM's fascinating galleries, authentic artifacts and outstanding professional staff guarantee that this camp experience will be hard to beat. But don't delay—sign up early. Programs fill up quickly!

Explorers' Club
The ultimate experience for young museum fans is the Explorers' Club. As an Explorer, only offered to ROM Members, children receive their own passport, mailings, and special events with loads of hands-on activities.


Full listings of lectures, course and events can be seen here

Travel, trips and walks details can be viewed here


All ROM Members enjoy...
* Free general admission
* Free tickets to blockbuster exhibitions
* Magazines, newsletters and e-mail updates
* Members' only Childrens', and Seniors' Programs
* Save 10% on hundreds of special programs, lectures & courses

Economical way for full-time students to explore the ROM.

Offers a whole range of benefits for one person.
$85/yr or $140/2yrs

Wonderful value for people living outside L & M postal code regions
$75/yr or $120/2yrs

Most Popular!
Perfect for a family, or grandparents, or two friends.
$99/yr or $170/2yrs

Curators' Circle:
Fastest Growing!
Designed with the flexibility to bring in guests and caregiver.

Museum Circle:
A wonderful way to support your Museum. Includes tax receipt, holiday event plus reciprocal privileges.
$300/yr or $25/monthly pmt.

Director's Circle*:
For the philanthropic at heart! Includes many special benefits plus a rare behind-the-scenes tour.
$600/yr or $50/monthly pmt.

Young Patrons' Circle:
A dynamic network of young professionals supporting the ROM; meet other culturally-minded people
$300-$1,000+/yr or $25-$84+/monthly pmt.

Royal Patrons' Circle:
The Ultimate Royal Treatment!
An intimate link to Museum life.
$1,500+/yr or $125/monthly pmt.

Venue hire

The ROM has distinguished itself as Canada’s premier venue for events and parties. Discerning clientele can celebrate and entertain as nowhere else, amidst the gathered grace, beauty and achievements that have defined humanity and nature throughout the ages.

Whether considering an intimate dinner party for ten or a gala reception for up to 2,000 guests, a special event held among the priceless collections of Canada’s largest museum of world cultures and natural history leaves a lasting impression.

Our knowledgeable and courteous staff are experienced in the art of the inspired occasion, supported by hand-picked teams of acclaimed caterers, show-services technicians, outfitters and decor specialists.