Royal Ontario Museum

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Royal Ontario Museum: General Admission Ticket

1. Royal Ontario Museum: General Admission Ticket

No trip to Toronto is complete without a visit to the Royal Ontario Museum—Canada’s largest museum. Explore stunning galleries of dinosaurs, Indigenous art and culture, ancient Egypt, minerals and gems, and more. Explore each of these 16 Must-See Treasures with the aid of bilingual multi-media kiosks. Discover an exceptional array of themed galleries throughout the Museum, spanning both world cultures and natural history. Must-See Treasures at the Museum include:  • The Nisga’a and Haida totem poles • The Death of General Wolfe painting • The Chinese Temple Art mural The Paradise of Maitreya  • The Tomb Mound of General Zu Dashou (“Ming Tomb”)  • The rare Southern White Rhinoceros • The Barosaurus (“Gordo”), Canada’s largest dinosaur on display  • The duck-billed hadrosaur Parasaurolophus walkeri • The exceptionally well-preserved fossils from the Burgess Shale  • The 900-carat Light of the Desert Cerussite gem • The Tagish Lake Meteorite • The Bust of Cleopatra VII • The Statue of Sekhmet — one of the oldest known Egyptian deities  • The Egyptian Book of the Dead • Earl of Pembroke’s Armour • Kunti Sculpture (“Blue Lady”)  • The Striding Lion Terracotta Relief 

Toronto: Royal Ontario Museum Special Exhibits Ticket

2. Toronto: Royal Ontario Museum Special Exhibits Ticket

Visit the Royal Ontario Museum, where jaw-dropping dinosaurs, glittering gemstones, and mysterious mummies are just a few of the treasures on display. Your ticket includes general admission and access to one or more of the special exhibits. Enjoy the freedom to explore the museum at your own pace and visit the exhibits and galleries that interest you most. There’s plenty to see and do at the museum, with exhibits to interest the whole family. The special exhibits currently featured at the Royal Ontario Museum include 'Fantastic Beasts™: The Wonder of Nature': 'Fantastic Beasts™: The Wonder of Nature' explores the links between the magical creatures of the wizarding world and the remarkable animals in our natural world, encouraging a greater connection to our planet and empowering us all to be advocates for its care. Be awed by the powerful combination of science, nature, and imagination as you explore fantastic beasts in all their forms and learn how these animals inspired some of the world's most incredible stories and folklore.

Toronto: Best of Toronto and Waterfront Self-Guided Tour

3. Toronto: Best of Toronto and Waterfront Self-Guided Tour

Explore Toronto with 2 self-guided walking tours and audio commentary included. This tour takes you through Toronto’s most popular sights on a mobile app tour. Stroll along the Best of Toronto route and see some of the oldest and most iconic landmarks in the city. Hear fascinating facts and stories about the Hockey Hall of Fame, City Hall, St. Lawrence Market, Nathan Phillips Square, and much more. Switch over to the Toronto Waterfront route and admire the picturesque views of the islands, as you learn how the Harbourfront Centre became the city’s hub of culture and entertainment. With over 20 more sights to see, use the app to navigate to more attractions, including CN Tower, Ripley’s Aquarium, and the Royal Ontario Museum. Enjoy unlimited use of the app at any time, day or night.

Toronto: Haunted Night Walking Tours

4. Toronto: Haunted Night Walking Tours

Ghosts, graveyards, hangings, and haunts. Hear some of the most spine-tingling ghost stories from the earliest days of Toronto. You will never look at the city in the same way again.  Choose between 4 unique tour options. After hearing about the ghostly encounters that took place in the area, your cloaked guide can walk you back to the start location, or leave you to enjoy a sleepless night in the city.  The Original Haunted Walk of Toronto (75-Minutes) Depart from the courtyard in front of the Hockey Hall of Fame to walk from the heart of the financial district into the old town. Listen to chilling tales and see a darker side to Toronto's history including haunted theaters, unsolved mysteries, and the terrifying encounters at Mackenzie House. The entrance fee to Mackenzie House is not included.  Campus Secrets and Spectres (75-Minutes) Discover the grand architecture and tree-lined paths of the University of Toronto downtown campus filled with a dark history and ghostly tales. Your tour guide will lead you through the haunted campus and the Ontario Legislative Assembly.  Spirits of the Distillery (75-Minutes) With tales of gruesome accidents, the world of whiskey-making, and War of 1812, you’ll quickly see why this is the area known as one of Toronto’s most haunted spots. Black Creek Pioneer Village (90-Minutes) Explore the supernatural side of Toronto’s historic pioneer village in the dark. Featuring some of the oldest buildings in the city, Black Creek Pioneer Village is the perfect, creepy backdrop for a night of spine-tingling ghost stories.

Toronto: City and Brick Works Guided Bicycle Tour

5. Toronto: City and Brick Works Guided Bicycle Tour

Relax and follow the leader as your 3.5-hour ride begins in one of the city's newest neighborhoods, the Canary District. Next, ride through the cobblestone streets of the Distillery District and see the Victorian-era buildings surrounding this historic neighborhood. The route will take you along the midtown bike lanes to show you some of Toronto's cultural and historical landmarks including Queen’s Park, the University of Toronto and Yorkville. Feel the pulse of Regent Park as it is redeveloping, the old-world charm of Cabbagetown with its collection of Victorian-era houses, and the stately repose of Rosedale. The city landscape will quickly give way as you find yourself rolling downhill through a forest alongside Mud Creek and the Don Valley into the Evergreen Brickworks. Enjoy your choice of refreshments as you stroll through the grounds and see how a historical landmark has been repurposed to create a thriving community meeting place. The famous Saturday Morning Farmers Market is a feast for the senses. This 3.5-hour guided tour gives you a fantastic cross-section of life in Toronto and will appeal to both your urban cravings and love of nature.

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What people are saying about Royal Ontario Museum

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 556 reviews

An excellent option to get to know Toronto at your own pace. It gives you an overview of the main places and attractions in the city. A totally walkable route with good footwear.

It was amazing. Alison was amazing. She went above and beyond what she had to do. She made the tour really fun.

The museum is fantastic and the special exhibit was cool if you are a Harry Potter fan

There is so much to experience, see and explore; invest 2 days to enjoy!

great scary stories and leaned a lot about the history