A Day at the Royal Ontario Museum

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.

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The outer design of the museum is known for its jagged, glass shape. Very unique-looking, to say the least!

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You're greeted right from the beginning with this "ancient" totem pole.

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And this dino skeleton.

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As well as this one!:

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Try saying its name:

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The first floor (or Level One) is filled with artefacts and statues from China, Japan, and Korea.

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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!

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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.

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And beautiful diamonds! Every girl deserves one in their lifetime :)

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Gorgeous sparkle.

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Next, was the Mammals exhibit.

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Apparently, the outer skin of this rhino is real! He used to live at the Toronto Zoo until he eventually passed.

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Can you imagine running into this thing in the ocean??

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Or this cobra in the desert?!

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Narwhals are completely fascinating. Perhaps because it is believed their horns are the same of a unicorn's (which you know, I love!)

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Cute polar bear.

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And Panda.

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Dory from Finding Nemo! (apparently, these fish are actually called 'dories!')

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I don't even know!! A giant, horrifying squid of some sort?!

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Basically, a giant underwater-like spider *shivers*

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Had to take a picture of the cat ;)

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The bears always look like cute little teddys.

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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!)

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Wild birds of all kinds.

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The giant Albatross bird always reminds me of the one from the Rescuer's Down Under:

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And the snowy white owl from Harry Potter:

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Next, we went into the bat cave!

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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!

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It really did give you a bit of the creeps!

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This display was simply lovely: it was a forest in autumn time with deer and fawns.

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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!

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We took a break for lunch and drooled over their dessert assortment.

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After lunch, we continued upwards to check out the "History of Style" and old Victorian Times attire.

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Reminds me of Marie Antoinette times!

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Their décor was so detailed.

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I loved this little kettle contraption.

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Some musical instruments:

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I love this little stationary, home office!

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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?)

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And these were a bit more modern times. When I first saw this room, it reminded me of the bedrooms in Edward Scissorhands.

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I admit: I called this area the "Lord of the Rings" exhibit ;)

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I see where the films got ideas for armour!

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And just because it's Canada, they showed some evolutions of hockey uniforms.

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More European themes and collections:

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I'm a fan of paper-weights and thought these ones were all beautiful:

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Then, we headed to ancient Greece!

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And Egypt!

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A remake of a famous, old tomb.

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But this was no remake...

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A real mummy!! Seeing this thing in person and up close really was eye-opening!

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The last exhibit we headed to was the Dinosaurs (and my personal favourite!)

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Maybe it's because I'm a Jurassic Park fan, but I was absolutely in awe over this!

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It's so crazy to think that these things used to roam our earth millions and millions of years ago.

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And they seemed to be all scary-looking!

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My favourite: the T-Rex!

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Us humans wouldn't have stood a chance.

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Massive tusks.

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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.

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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