Explore more than 6 million objects spanning art, archaeology and natural science in Canada’s largest museum
It’s hard to sufficiently summarize Royal Ontario Museum’s extensive collection. There are more than 6 million objects displayed in 40 galleries. The World Cultures Galleries focus on all corners of the Earth, while the Natural History Galleries display precious metals and minerals alongside the likes of a 90-foot-long Barosaurus nicknamed Gordo and the Tagish Lake Meteorite, the latter of which contains some of the oldest, most pristine organic material dating back to the beginning of the solar system. It’s all in an effort to live up to the museum’s ultimate goals, which were carved in 1933 into the museum’s Queen Park stone doors: to hold within its walls “The record of nature through countless ages” and “The arts of man through all the years.” Even the building itself is a wondrous artifact, as can be seen in the rotunda. The museum’s ceremonial entrance hall features a mosaic made of more than a million sparkling gold-and-Venetian-glass tiles. No matter how much time you have to spend here, be sure to seek out the 16 Iconic Objects, chosen by ROM as the crème de la crème of their collection.
● See what it really looks like to be obsessed with shoes at the Bata Shoe Museum, a private collection-turned-museum featuring more than 13,500 kicks from cultures across the globe and across history.
● One of the only museums in the world dedicated solely to ceramics, the Gardiner Museum is a wealth of clay-based knowledge and beauty.
● Stroll through the St. George campus of the University of Toronto and find some quiet within the city on the Philosopher’s Walk footpath.
Where to stay
The central location of the Radisson Admiral Hotel Toronto-Harbourfront gives guests the combination of the serenity of Lake Ontario and the energy of downtown Toronto. The hotel boasts a Watermark Restaurant and Lounge, Lakeview Pool Lounge, 24-hour business centre, and a fitness centre.
Located near Toronto Pearson International Airport and downtown Mississauga, Radisson Toronto Airport West places guests near the Mississauga Convention Centre and Derrydale Golf Course. The hotel includes a free airport shuttle, fitness centre, business centre, heated indoor pool, a hot tub and two saunas.
Radisson Suite Hotel Toronto Airport is only an eight-minute shuttle ride from Toronto Pearson International Airport. As an all-suite hotel, our property provides guests with spacious accommodations including some suites with a separate living room and a sleeper sofa.
The Park Inn by Radisson Toronto-Markham is just minutes from the corporate offices of Hyundai, Honda, Suzuki, Huawei, and IBM, and close to Seneca College’s Markham Campus. The hotel rooms provide amenities such as free Wi-Fi, microwaves, mini refrigerators and cable TVs to ensure you feel at home.