The Joy of Museums

Finding Meaning in Art & History

Royal Ontario Museum


The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) is a museum of art, world culture and natural history, is located in Toronto, Canada. It is one of the largest museums in North America, the largest in Canada.

With more than six million items and forty galleries, the museum contains collections of dinosaurs, minerals and meteorites, Near Eastern and African art, Art of East Asia, European history, and Canadian history. It houses a large collection of fossils and contains an extensive collection of design and fine arts, including clothing, interior, and product design.

Among the many historical, cultural and specimen objects in the Royal Ontario Museum the following are highlights:

  • Palmyra Tombstone of Akmath, from the 2nd century AD
  • A Qur’an manuscript from 17th century written in China by ink on paper.
  • Relief sculpture with Persian Imperial Guardsman (5th century BC)
  • 16th Century Mother Mary holding Baby Jesus

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To help you better appreciate the Royal Ontario Museum the following guides will be helpful:

  • Historical Objects of the Royal Ontario Museum
  • Finding Meaning at the Royal Ontario Museum
  • Your Visit to the Royal Ontario Museum
  • The History of the Royal Ontario Museum

Essential Facts:

  • Name:              The Royal Ontario Museum
  • Established:    1912
  • Collection        6,000,000 Objects
  • Visitors:           1 million
  • Location:         100 Queen’s Park, Toronto, Ontario


“As man disappears from sight, the land remains.” Maori Proverb



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