Last week, I spent a lovely morning at the ROM - the Royal Ontario Musem in downtown Toronto. I can't even tell you the last time I paid a visit to this historic museum (probably sometime in elementary school?) but I really enjoyed myself. Hope you guys enjoy some of the (many!) pictures I took below.
The outer design of the museum is known for its jagged, glass shape. Very unique-looking, to say the least!
You're greeted right from the beginning with this "ancient" totem pole.
And this dino skeleton.
As well as this one!:
Try saying its name:
The first floor (or Level One) is filled with artefacts and statues from China, Japan, and Korea.
Level Two is known as the Hands-on Biodiversity section. Here we saw many beautiful rocks and stones, right from the core of our very own earth!
It's crazy to think that these beautiful gems lie in the inside of plain-old looking rocks.
This one reminded me of a sea oyster.
And beautiful diamonds! Every girl deserves one in their lifetime :)
Next, was the Mammals exhibit.
Apparently, the outer skin of this rhino is real! He used to live at the Toronto Zoo until he eventually passed.
Can you imagine running into this thing in the ocean??
Or this cobra in the desert?!
Narwhals are completely fascinating. Perhaps because it is believed their horns are the same of a unicorn's (which you know, I love!)
Cute polar bear.
Dory from Finding Nemo! (apparently, these fish are actually called 'dories!')
I don't even know!! A giant, horrifying squid of some sort?!
Basically, a giant underwater-like spider *shivers*
Had to take a picture of the cat ;)
The bears always look like cute little teddys.
I remember seeing this back when I was in school. The number of rings tell you how old the tree is (all I know is, this one was very old!)
Wild birds of all kinds.
The giant Albatross bird always reminds me of the one from the Rescuer's Down Under:
And the snowy white owl from Harry Potter:
Next, we went into the bat cave!
I thought they actually did a very good job with this! It was very dark in the faux bat cave, but they had a voice recording filling you in on bat facts - and lots of artificial ones everywhere!
It really did give you a bit of the creeps!
This display was simply lovely: it was a forest in autumn time with deer and fawns.
Now, this one also gave me a bit of the heebie-jeebies! These are real bees in a honeycomb hive. There's a tube connecting to the outside where they can freely fly in and out of. Very clever!
We took a break for lunch and drooled over their dessert assortment.
After lunch, we continued upwards to check out the "History of Style" and old Victorian Times attire.
Reminds me of Marie Antoinette times!
Their décor was so detailed.
I loved this little kettle contraption.
Some musical instruments:
I love this little stationary, home office!
How much does this look like the lamp from Aladdin? (I actually can't recall what the exact use for this was! Anyone have any ideas?)
And these were a bit more modern times. When I first saw this room, it reminded me of the bedrooms in Edward Scissorhands.
I admit: I called this area the "Lord of the Rings" exhibit ;)
I see where the films got ideas for armour!
And just because it's Canada, they showed some evolutions of hockey uniforms.
More European themes and collections:
I'm a fan of paper-weights and thought these ones were all beautiful:
Then, we headed to ancient Greece!
A remake of a famous, old tomb.
But this was no remake...
A real mummy!! Seeing this thing in person and up close really was eye-opening!
The last exhibit we headed to was the Dinosaurs (and my personal favourite!)
Maybe it's because I'm a Jurassic Park fan, but I was absolutely in awe over this!
It's so crazy to think that these things used to roam our earth millions and millions of years ago.
And they seemed to be all scary-looking!
My favourite: the T-Rex!
Us humans wouldn't have stood a chance.
The ROM is one of Toronto's many popular tourists sites. If you're ever in the area and looking for something to do - give this place a go! The prices are very reasonable, too.
Hope you're all staying caffeinted on this very hot Monday! :)
For more info on the Royal Ontario Museum, visit: www.rom.on.ca/en