On our final day in Toronto we spent 4 full hours inside the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM). Why?–you ask. Well, that is exactly how much time it takes to see 4 levels of historic and archealogical pieces. We never even made it to the 5 floor level…it just got too late!
We started out at the Blue Whale Story exhibit featuring one full size blue whale. This was one of 9 whales that had died and landed onshore the coast of Newfoundland after being trapped in ice and unable to get back out to sea. Seven of the other blue whales sank to the bottom of the ocean, but surprisinly 2 ended up on the coast.
The ROM asked permission to preserve the bones and some other parts of the whales for an exhibition. The Blue Whale is one of the gentlest and largest whales in the sea. The ROM hoped to be able to share all the technical details of this enchanting mammal of the sea. The exhibit was one of the most touching for a creature of this size. Even the baleen was restored and shown on the skeletal remains. Seeing this exhibit was well worth the extra time.
The second level was filled with antique clothing, and everyday tools used by the native peoples of Canada. The colors used in the clothing were bright and all the tools were incredibly functional. This level also included large exhibits of dinosaur skeletons and many of the animals and birds of North America.
The second level also included a Gem and Minerals exhibit that was one of the most stunning collections of gems I’ve ever seen. Words cannot express the beauty and the colors shining brightly under the lights of the room holding these valuable gems. The room was the only one that had only one entrance, many cameras overhead as well as all along the walls and a security guard. Probably a good move on their part.
The third level exhibits included relics and items belonging to British Empire, German Empire, Italian Empire and the Asian Empire. We couldnt resist stopping to read about every item we saw. It was filled with information that provided the reader with a complete story of the history of Canada.
On the fourth level we found sculptures that had been preserved, saved, and some even pieced back together. Many of them were full and complete bodies, while others were simply the heads. All were life size and I found myself standing directily in front of the faces, actually able to visualize what they may have looked like in real life. The details were incredibly distinct and added life to each sculpture.
The Royal Ontario Museum should be on your bucket list if it isn’t on there already.