The ROM aka Royal Ontario Museum In Toronto

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Museum lovers visiting Toronto must visit the Royal Ontario Museum!

I know it’s not everyone’s thing but I love going to museums and galleries. When I go to a museum or gallery, I prefer to go by alone so that I can spend as long or as little time wandering. I love the mental escape of art. I feel like I am being transported to a time or place. If I’m looking at modern art, I like to try to see it as the artist does or if I’m looking at photography, I try to see it through their viewfinder. I know it sounds hokey but it’s true. Whenever I travel, I try my best to see one museum or gallery, time permitting of course. So when I was in Toronto, I made sure to make time for the Royal Ontario Museum.

When I visited Toronto in 2013, I went to the ROM aka the Royal Ontario Museum for an afternoon with a specific interest in the First Nations Gallery, the Natural History gallery, and Sebastiao Salgado’s photography exhibit, Genesis. I have a big soft spot for indigenous art. Growing up on Canada’s West Coast, I fell in love with indigenous culture in history class. We studied local First Nations (the indigenous people of Canada) tribes like the Haida, Nootka, Salish, etc. I also love going to photography exhibits and getting inspired by photographers and escape into their world. I love discovering new photographers that I had never heard of before. When I was on my round the world trip I learned about Brian Brake from New Zealand when I went to the Te Papa Museum in Wellington. He is quite amazing and did a lot of work with Life Magazine in the 1960s. I had never heard of Sebastiao Salgado before but his exhibit at the ROM was amazing. He calls this project his love letter to the planet. It was awe-inspiring and very moving.

Here are a few shots I took from my time at the ROM. It’s a great place to take kids as well, they would love the natural history section.

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The famous Crystal at the ROM by architect Daniel Libeskind

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A Crystal Selfie

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Sitting Bull’s War Bonnet!!

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A First Nations Canoe ROM Royal Ontario Museum

A First Nations Canoe in the Canadiana wing

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A Chinese epitaph from many centuries ago

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A beautiful and ornate ceiling if you head towards the Canadiana wing

Totem Pole ROM Royal Ontario Museum

Totem pole in the Canadiana wing

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A photo by Sebastiao Salgado during his exhibit in 2013

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Another photo by Sebastian Salgado from his exhibit in 2013

Pompeii exhibit ROM Royal Ontario Museum

A cast of A cast of a man sleeping found after the Mount Vesuvius eruption

Pompeii exhibit ROM Royal Ontario Museum

Pompeii Exhibit – visited June ’15. A cast of a dog found after the Mount Vesuvius eruption

Have you been to the ROM before? What was your favorite part?!

*Special thanks to the ROM and Toronto Tourism. As always, opinions are my own.**


Round The World Girl is a blog by Arnette, a solo female traveler, lover of adventure, coffee, tropical islands, and unforgettable meals. She shares a retrospective of her 19 month, 19 country round the world trip, adventures both near and far, destination guides, helpful tips and tricks for travel, as well as tips and reviews of her favorite things.

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