Royal Ontario Museum

Royal Ontario Museum (ROM)
Royal Ontario Museum
100 Queen?s Park
Toronto, ON M5S 2C6
416-586-8000


The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) is Canada’s largest museum of world culture and natural history and the fifth largest museum in North America. It contains more than 6 million items and over 40 galleries. It has notable collections of dinosaurs, Near Eastern and African art, East Asian art, European history, and Canadian history. It contains the world’s largest collection of fossils from the Burgess Shale with more than 150,000 specimens. It has also hosted many travelling exhibits.


The museum was first known as the Museum of Natural History and Fine Arts in 1857. In April 1912 the Royal Ontario Museum was established by an Act of the Ontario Legislature. The ROM first opened its doors to the public on March 19, 1914.

The Royal Ontario Museum adds 67,000 objects each year, making sure it?s audience is always interested. Some of the areas that the ROM is involved with are;

Archeology
Geology
Genealogy
Paleontology
Sociology

These areas are all represented through unique, informative exhibits. One of the most-visited areas of the museum is the Nubia Gallery. In 1998 a new archaeological culture in the Upper Nubia region of Northern Sudan was unearthed, showing the remains of a settlement dating to 1000-800 BC!

The Evolution Gallery is also a popular exhibit with an audiovisual presentation on Darwin?s theories of evolution.  The Dinosaur collection draws attention and shouldn?t be missed, while the Gallery of Korean art is the largest permanent gallery devoted to Korean art and culture in North America.

The ROM is located at the corner of Bloor Street and Avenue Road, north of Queen’s Park and on the east side of Philosopher’s Walk in the University of Toronto.

Hours of Operation

Monday to Thursday:  10 am – 5:30 pm
Friday: 10 am – 9:30 pm
Saturday and Sunday:  10 am – 5:30 pm

The Museum is open every day of the week throughout the year including all public holidays, except December 25 (Christmas Day).

Directions and Map of Royal Ontario Museum

By Car

If you are driving on the Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW), follow the Gardiner Expressway to Spadina Avenue. Proceed north on Spadina Avenue to Bloor Street W. and then turn right (east). Proceed east on Bloor until you reach Avenue Road / Queen’s Park. The Museum is on the southwest corner of Bloor Street W. and Queen’s Park.

From Highway 401, take Avenue Road south to Bloor Street W. or take the Don Valley Parkway south to the Bloor Street W. ramp and proceed west along Bloor Street to Avenue Road/Queen’s Park.

By Public Transit

The St. George stop on the Bloor-Danforth (green) subway line is closest to the ROM?s main entrance on Bloor Street W. The President’s Choice School Entrance is located at the Museum stop on the Yonge-University-Spadina subway line. 

The closest fully accessible stop is also St. George. Elevators are available to street level at the Bloor St. and Bedford Rd. entrance. The Museum stop is not accessible to wheelchairs.

Visitors can also take the Avenue Road Bus #5 south from the Eglinton subway station. The 142 routes use accessible buses and runs north and south with stops at Queen?s Park in front of the Weston Wing.

For more information on public transportation call the Toronto Transit Commission TTC at 416.393.4636

Map of Royal Ontario Museum Location

Video of Royal Ontario Museum

Contact the Royal Ontario Museum

Email: ROM Contact Form

Visitor Services, Switchboard: 416.586.8000
24 hr recorded information in English and French: 416.586.8000

Switchboard: Hours of Operation
Daily: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Bell Relay Service (for people who are deaf, deafened and hard of hearing): 711

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