Royal Ontario Museum

A trip to Toronto isn’t complete without a day at the Royal Ontario Museum. It’s the largest museum in Canada and home to art, natural history and world culture exhibits.

They have everything – fossils, art, textiles and all sorts of fascinating objects from around Canada and the world.

The museum was established in 1912 but has undergone some renovations over the last century including one that added a controversial element to the exterior. It was a multi million dollar project that added this larger than life “crystal” as pictured above.

The original building is quite traditional so I imagine this glass and aluminum monstrosity was quite a shock to the city. One purpose of art, though, is to provoke thought and conversation. While it may be different, it gives us something to consider. It reminds me of a Hard Rock Cafe but I sort of like it.

Want to learn more? Visit them online! Their website has a lot of nifty things to explore and enjoy from the comfort of home. If you visit when they reopen post Covid, the museum has its own subway stop and a cafe. However, there’s a charming coffee shop nearby called Goldstruck Coffee.