Royal Ontario Museum - Toronto, Ontario
Posted by: Metro2
N 43° 40.070 W 079° 23.643
17T E 629472 N 4836233
Quick Description: This is one of the largest Museums in North America with over 40 galleries and 6 million items.
Location: Ontario, Canada
Date Posted: 7/18/2012 7:02:26 PM
Waymark Code: WMEXMW
The Royal Ontario Museum is primarily an art museum...but it also contains exhibits relating to science, natural history and world culture. The science, natural history and culture displays are also often expressed through art...such as elaborate displays of gems and jewelry or American Indian textiles and beadworks.
The Museum is housed in an attractive adjoined set of buildings, one built in 1933 and the other opened in 2007. The new building is called the Michael Lee-Chin Crystal and has a deconstructionist architecture.
Wikipedia (visit link
) informs us:
"Founded in 1912, the museum has maintained close relations with the University of Toronto throughout its history, often sharing expertise and resources. The museum was originally under the direct control and management of the University of Toronto, until 1968, when it became an independent institution. Today, the museum is Canada's largest field-research institution, with research and conservation activities that span the globe.
With more than six million items and forty galleries, the museum's diverse collections of world culture and natural history are part of the reason for its international reputation. The museum contains notable collections of dinosaurs, minerals and meteorites, Near Eastern and African art, East Asian art, European history, and Canadian history. It also houses the world's largest collection of fossils from the Burgess Shale with more than 150,000 specimens. The museum even contains an extensive collection of design and fine arts. These include clothing, interior, and product design, especially Art Deco."