The ROM is free this Canada Day, July 1, 2022

Toronto, June 23, 2022 – ROMs (Royal Ontario Museum) is pleased to announce that it is opening its doors free of charge to visitors on Friday, July 1, 2022, in celebration of Canada Day. On this day, the public will have free access to all of the Museum’s galleries as well as its popular special exhibitions, including Great Whales: Up Close and Personal and just opened Fantastic Beasts™: The Wonder of Nature.

This initiative is part of the Museum’s commitment to provide the community with better access to art and culture and is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Temerty Foundation.

As capacity is limited, visitors are urged to book in advance to secure their free timed tickets, which can be obtained on the ROM’s website. here. The Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Summer opening hours: Beginning Friday, July 1, 2022, the Museum is open seven days a week until Labor Day, Monday, September 5, 2022.

Among the highlights offered free of charge on Canada Day, visitors will be able to enjoy:

Fantastic Beasts™: The Wonder of Nature explores the connections between the magical creatures of the wizarding world and the remarkable animals of our natural world, encouraging a greater connection to our planet and empowering us to be advocates for its care. You will be impressed by the powerful combination of science, nature and imagination as you explore fantastical beasts in all their forms and learn how these animals have inspired some of the world’s most incredible stories and folklore.

Soon to be closed: Great Whales: Up Close and Personal explore the world of the giants of the seas, from the majestic blue whale – the largest animal of all time – to the sperm whale and the right whale of the North Atlantic. An original ROM exhibit, great whales offers visitors an intimate and rare look at these mysterious leviathans of the seas. This exhibition will end on July 3, 2022.

New view: Commemorative Royal Items: A unique exhibition celebrating Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee – 70 years on the throne – will open to the public on July 1. The exhibition features objects that celebrate milestones in the Queen’s reign, many of which are commemorative keepsakes from her coronation and previous jubilees. . The exhibition will be located in the Samuel European Galleries.

More to explore: exhibitions, galleries and installations

Kore 670: This remarkable figure of a maiden, or kore, created between 520 and 510 BCE, is considered one of the most important sculptures in the legendary Greek Acropolis due to its fine detail and preserved color. The exquisite sculpture, which was buried for over 2,000 years before being rediscovered, traveled from Athens to Toronto for the summer and will be on display for a very short time.

Swapnaa Tamhane: Mobile Palace: Inspired by Mughal and Ottoman tents used as mobile palaces, artist Swapnaa Tamhane reinvents the notion of decoration and pattern in three large cotton canvas installations that echo tent forms used in India.

Willner Madge Gallery, Dawn of Life: The ROM’s newest gallery explores the beginnings of life on earth. From the first microbes to the emergence of dinosaurs and mammals, Dawn of Life is an exciting interactive journey through nearly four billion years of evolution.

Unmasking the Pandemic: From Personal Protection to Personal Expression: This exhibition features over 100 original masks from artists from over 20 countries and reflects their creators’ stories of resilience, cultural identity and collective humanity in the face of a global pandemic.

#MyPandemicStory: young people create portraits of a pandemic: The ROM’s first participatory exhibition features 60 selected works of art, representing a moving portrait of the complex journeys and experiences of young Canadians facing the pandemic.


Image credit: © Sam Javanrouh

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Opened in 1914, the Royal Ontario Museum showcases art, culture and nature from around the world and through the ages. Among the top 10 cultural institutions in North America, Canada’s largest and most comprehensive museum houses a world-class collection of 13 million works of art and natural history specimens, displayed in 40 galleries and exhibition spaces. As the nation’s preeminent field research institute and an international leader in new and original discoveries, the ROM plays a vital role in advancing our understanding of the artistic, cultural and natural world. Combining its original heritage architecture with contemporary Michael Lee-Chin crystal designed by Daniel Libeskind, the ROM is a national landmark and vibrant cultural destination in the heart of Toronto for all to enjoy.

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