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Royal Ontario Museum

Canada’s biggest dinosaur, Egyptian mummies and ice-age mammals make this museum one of Toronto’s most popular attractions for the whole family.

Find ancient dinosaurs, enter a bat cave, admire African art and let children participate in activities in the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), Canada’s largest museum. Over one million visitors a year come to discover more than six million historical artifacts. The entrance hall with mosaics depicting worldwide cultures is a worthwhile sight on its own.

ROM originally opened in 1912 in multiple sites with a focus on world culture and natural history. Now ROM’s permanent collection encompasses three sections under one roof: Natural History, World Cultures and the Hands-On area. Join a free tour of the general museum or special exhibits with a volunteer docent to get more value from your visit.

Natural History exhibits occupy the second floor of the building. Investigate the 90-foot (27.5-meter) Barosaurus, one of several dinosaur skeletons, and the biggest in Canada. In the Bat Cave you’ll find more than 800 preserved bat species. Ice-age mammals are on display nearby.

World Cultures is the biggest gallery, with exhibits on three floors. Discover artifacts from Africa, Asia, Rome and other places with remarkable ancient cultures. The stone coffin of an Egyptian woman, Djedmaatesankh, dates back to 800 B.C. Look for displays portraying nearly 7,000 years of Chinese history.

Children will enjoy interactive exhibits in the Hands-On gallery, where they can try on traditional international costumes and handle ancient fossils and meteorites.

See what’s new in the temporary exhibits. Past subjects have ranged from photojournalism and art displays to typewriter collections and religious themes.
The museum is located on the north side of Queen’s Park, on the campus of the University of Toronto, and a five-minute drive from downtown. Public buses stop at the park and there is a parking lot on nearby Bedford Road. The closest subway stops are St. George and Museum Stations.

Royal Ontario Museum is open daily, except December 25. Adults can visit the museum on Friday nights in May and June for live music performances. Seniors, students and young children receive a discount and infants enter for free. Check the official website for the events calendar and pricing.

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Chelsea Hotel, Toronto ¥10,095
Chelsea Hotel, Toronto

Chelsea Hotel, Toronto

33 Gerrard St W, Toronto, ON
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    This family-friendly Toronto hotel is located in the entertainment district, within a 10-minute walk of Yonge-Dundas Square, Toronto Eaton Centre, and Toronto City Hall. Art Gallery of Ontario and Hockey Hall of Fame are also within 1 mi (2 km). College Station is only a 5-minute walk and Dundas Station is 5 minutes.

    One King West Hotel & Residence ¥13,595
    One King West Hotel & Residence

    One King West Hotel & Residence

    1 King Street West, Toronto, ON
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Financial District, this romantic hotel is steps from The Path and PATH Underground Shopping Mall. Hockey Hall of Fame and Sony Centre for the Performing Arts are also within 5 minutes. King Station is only a 2-minute walk and Queen Station is 6 minutes.

      Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Toronto ¥11,059
      Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Toronto

      Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Toronto

      475 Yonge St, Toronto, ON
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Downtown Toronto, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Downtown Yonge, Yonge-Dundas Square, and Ryerson University. PATH Underground Shopping Mall and Toronto General Hospital are also within 10 minutes. College Station is only a 2-minute walk and Wellesley Station is 6 minutes.

        InterContinental Toronto Yorkville ¥17,283
        InterContinental Toronto Yorkville

        InterContinental Toronto Yorkville

        220 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Downtown Toronto, this hotel is steps from Royal Conservatory of Music and Royal Ontario Museum. University of Toronto - St. George Campus and Toronto General Hospital are also within 1 mi (2 km). St George Station and Museum Station are within a 5-minute walk.

          The Grand Hotel & Suites Toronto ¥15,507
          The Grand Hotel & Suites Toronto

          The Grand Hotel & Suites Toronto

          225 Jarvis St, Toronto, ON
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Downtown Toronto, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Ryerson University, Hockey Hall of Fame, and Scotiabank Arena. The Distillery Historic District and University of Toronto - St. George Campus are also within 2 mi (3 km). Dundas Station is 8 minutes by foot and Queen Station is 9 minutes.

            The Fairmont Royal York ¥15,943
            The Fairmont Royal York

            The Fairmont Royal York

            100 Front St West, Toronto, ON
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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              Hotel 89 Yorkville ¥8,199
              Hotel 89 Yorkville

              Hotel 89 Yorkville

              89 Avenue Road, Toronto, ON
                 
                2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Yorkville, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Royal Ontario Museum, University of Toronto - St. George Campus, and Casa Loma. Toronto Eaton Centre and Hockey Hall of Fame are also within 3 mi (5 km). St George Station is 7 minutes by foot and Bay Station is 7 minutes.

                DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Toronto Downtown ¥12,811
                DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Toronto Downtown

                DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Toronto Downtown

                108 Chestnut St, Toronto, ON
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Downtown Toronto, this hotel is steps from The Path and PATH Underground Shopping Mall. Nathan Phillips Square and Toronto City Hall are also within 5 minutes. St Patrick Station is only a 3-minute walk and Dundas Station is 6 minutes.