Located in the heart of downtown Toronto, Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) is Canada’s largest and most visited museum. ROM is home to more than 13 million objects embracing art, culture, and nature from around the world and across the ages. “Tour operators can bring their group to ROM for an adventure spanning epochs and oceans,” says Angela Yee, group sales coordinator at ROM. “Whether you’re a party of five or 500, we’ll make your trip special with group rates and exclusive add-ons.”

Royal Ontario Museum
ROM blends heritage architecture with the contemporary Daniel Libeskind-designed Michael Lee-Chin Crystal.
Credit: ROM

Yee says groups love ROM’s guided tours because the guides enchant guests with stories, bringing works of art, culture, and nature to life. Group can choose from an array of themed, guided tours or plan a custom tour through one of the galleries. “Our most popular tour is ‘ROM in an Hour,’ perfect for first-time visitors,” Yee says. “Guests will discover the mysteries of Egypt, marvel at medieval armor, explore Earth’s mind-blowing animal diversity, and more—all in one hour.” Other popular tours cover ROM’s timeless architecture and explore 4.5 billion years of life on earth.

In 2021, environmental scientist and researcher Dr. Soren Brothers was appointed as the museum’s inaugural Allan and Helaine Shiff Curator of Climate Change. With the threat of the climate crisis reaching new levels of urgency, this position—the first role of its kind at a major museum—signals ROM’s intention to play a greater role in advancing the science of climate change, biodiversity, and conservation, and deepening public engagement on these vital topics.

In a new climate change tour, guests discover how climate change has affected art, culture, and nature though the ages. Plus, guests learn what’s driving climate change today—and what they can do about it.

Guided tour of Royal Ontario Museum
Guided tours of ROM are popular with groups.
Credit: ROM

Yee recommends groups spend at least two hours at ROM, although she says groups could spend days enjoying the museum.

“Canadian Modern,” an exhibition that explores Canada’s innovative and lasting contributions to modern design and craft, is on view through July 30, 2023. “T. rex: The Ultimate Predator” is scheduled to be on view from March 11 to Sept. 4, 2023. This exciting new exhibition takes a fresh look at the king of the tyrant lizards and highlights the latest scientific research and important discoveries about tyrannosaurs. Breathtaking new photographs of extraordinary species will be featured for the exhibition “Wildlife Photographer of the Year,” on view from Nov. 25, 2023, to May 26, 2024.

Willner Madge Gallery, Dawn of Life at ROM
Willner Madge Gallery, Dawn of Life at ROM explores the beginnings of life on Earth.
Credit: ROM

Yee notes a tour will help groups understand ROM is Canada’s preeminent field research institute, with a diverse range of experts who help people understand the past, make sense of the present, and shape a shared future.

Spend the day at the iconic Yorkville Village, as ROM has partnered the neighborhood’s hottest shopping and dining spots for your groups to enjoy exclusive offers. Guests also can purchase food at the ROM Druxy’s Café.

Motorcoaches may use the lay-by area located on Queen’s Park at Bloor Street for pick-up and drop-off purposes only. Please refer to the city of Toronto website for information about free on-street bus parking locations and conditions.

Contact Yee at 416-586-5655, angelay@rom.on.ca, or go to rom.on.ca.

Lead image:
The rotunda is ROM’s ceremonial entrance and features a mosaic dome.
Credit: ROM