100 Queen’s Park 416.586.8000
Toronto, Ontario www.rom.on.ca
Royal Ontario Museum Fact Sheet
About: 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.
Hours: The ROM is open seven days a week year-round, with the exception of December
25 and January 1, unless otherwise specified. Daily 10 am – 5:30 pm, except on
Fridays 10 am – 9:30 pm.
Admission: Adults: $22; Students with ID and Seniors: $19; Children (4 – 14 years): $15;
Children 3 & under: Free; Members: Free.
During Half Price Friday Nights, presented by Sun Life Financial (4:30 pm – 9:30
pm): Adults: $11; Students with ID and Seniors: $9.50; Children (4 – 14 years): $7.50;
Children 3 & under are free.
Galleries: Canada’s largest museum of natural history and world cultures, the ROM presents
engaging galleries of art, archaeology and natural science from around the world. With
the opening of the new galleries in the Michael Lee-Chin Crystal and in the historic
buildings through 2010, the ROM will have more than 40 galleries, comprising a
total of 214,000 square-feet (65,227 square-metres), on four floors.
Research: In addition to collections, gallery and exhibition development, the Museum’s 27
curators and 20 assistant curators, together with their associates and students, conduct
important scientific and academic research around the world in partnership with
prominent institutions and governments, writing and publishing more than 80 papers
and articles each year.
Retail: The ROM Museum Store is a 7,000 sq-ft. luxury retail boutique, offering a collection
of one-of-a-kind gifts and a signature line of ROM-branded merchandise. The ROM
Reproductions section, operated by the Department of Museum Volunteers, presents
an exclusive assortment of reproductions based on artifacts from the ROM’s own
collections, including jewellery, ceramics and clothing. The ROMkids Store is a
treasure trove of toys, books, crafts and costumes for kids of all ages.
Restaurants: The ROM offers two dining experiences. Crystal Five (c5) Restaurant Lounge,
located on the top floor of the Lee-Chin Crystal, is a unique dining destination. The
casual family restaurant Food Studio provides healthy menu options in an earth-
friendly environment, from freshly made salads and hot sandwiches to ethnic cuisine
that reflects themes of the ROM’s exhibitions.
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Renaissance ROM: The Museum is currently undergoing a $270-million expansion and
renovation project, designed by renowned architect Daniel Libeskind. In 2005, the
ROM unveiled ten new galleries in its historic 1914 and 1933 buildings. On June 2,
2007, the ROM celebrated the Architectural Opening & Building Dedication of the
Michael Lee-Chin Crystal. The final stage of ten more renovated galleries in the
historic buildings continues until 2010.
Attendance: The ROM welcomes between 750,000 to over a million visitors annually, including
Education & Programs: The ROM offers organized lessons and self-guided visits for schools and
student groups based on the Museum's collections and exhibitions. Courses, trips,
lectures, tours, film screenings and dinner events geared to the adult learner are offered
through ROMLife programs.
Accessibility: The ROM is committed to accessibility for all visitors. All floors are accessible by
elevator. Visit the front desk for large-format floor plans and a limited number of
wheelchairs. Guide dogs and hearing dogs are welcome.
Groups & Tours: Free daily public tours are offered in English and French. Pre-paid group tours
can be organized for a minimum of 10 visitors by contacting Mirvish Productions
Group Sales at 416.593.4142 or 1.800.724.6420.
Contact: For 24-hour information in English and French, call 416.586.8000. Bell Relay Service
(for people who are deaf, deafened and hard of hearing): 711. Email: email@example.com.
The ROM is an agency of the Government of Ontario.
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