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nugget’s Advice

Prepare in advance
Prepare in advance

It's helpful to buy tickets online, in advance. The price is the same but you can skip any entrance lines. The special exhibit is always extra, but can be purchased online as well. Depending on the ages of your children these exhibits are generally worth it.

Good to know
Good to know

It is a busy museum either during holidays or with school groups during the school year. But it is large enough that you generally don't feel cramped. It's best if you can go in opposite direction of the school groups, start at the top and work your way down and rest and snack before or after traditional lunch time.

Recommended day/time
Recommended day/time

The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) is open every day except December 25th.

About This Day

Wondering what to do in Toronto with kids? Spend a family-friendly day at Toronto’s Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) and combine it with a mini-adventure on the subway . Your children will enjoy the thrill of taking the metro and the growing excitement as you gradually approach your destination. Engage your nuggets en route and teach them how to follow a subway map. Upon arrival, explore ROM’s dark and eerie bat cave. Visit an Egyptian pyramid and see what a real mummy looks like. Watch your children as they dig for dinosaurs and try on a knight’s armor in the museum’s hands-on exhibits. Finally, take in one of ROM’s amazing special exhibitions.

  • : History buffs| Animal encounters| Cultural immersion

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Subway

65 Front Street West, Toronto
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Taking the subway to the Royal Ontario Museum is part of the adventure. We live close enough to Toronto that we are there frequently, but not close enough that our nuggets use or experience the subway that often. Our 6-year-old twins were fascinated by the downwards walk to the platform, waiting on the platform for the train and following the map to our stop. If you live close to or in a city with a subway you could, as we did, talk to your older nuggets about navigating the subway and how they might use it on their own, one day.
DIRECTIONS The ROM is in the middle of Toronto. There are various points where you can get the subway to the ROM. We parked our car near Union Station and took the subway from there.
TIP Since driving to Bay and Bloor in Toronto is generally a traffic filled trip and parking is quite expensive in Toronto, it’s much easier to take the subway.
Royal Ontario Museum
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Royal Ontario Museum

100 Queens Park, Toronto
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BathroomChanging tableStroller friendlyWheelchair friendly
A large and diverse museum, the ROM offers something for everyone in your family - even your pre-teen or teenager. There is a wide selection of art and world culture from every continent, as well as plenty of natural history galleries and hands-on sections throughout the museum. The Bat Cave is always a favorite walk-through exhibit and one of the oldest exhibits in the museum. My husband and I remember it as children. It is a simple display of how bats live, sound and look like. The first time kids visit, they often want to go back and do it again and again. It is dark and eerie for young ones and dark and cool for older kids. The other highlight is the dinosaurs exhibit, which allows kids to see fossils and make connections to what they have learned in school. Finally, take a look at what short-term special exhibits are available. We were able to see a special exhibit following the path of a blue whale that died and washed up in Newfoundland and its journey to the ROM.
DIRECTIONS The ROM is at the Museum Station on the Younge Subway Line.
TIP Take some time to visit the website before you go to plan your journey. The museum is so large it is difficult to see everything in one day. So talk to your kids and create a “roadmap” of what everyone in the family wants to see.

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