June 13, 2010

Tourists in Toronto: ROM

After a short lesson from my brother about getting around Toronto on our own and a visit with my husband's cousin who is taking her doctorate in the University of Toronto, we started the serious business of sightseeing. The first place we visited was the Royal Ontario Museum, located at the corner of Queen's Park and Bloor Street West. We approached it from Bloor, where we got a good view of the original 1914 building with the 2007 Michael Lee-Chin Crystal wing.

Royal Ontario Museum


The Michael Lee-Chin Crystal is named after the Jamaican-Canadian billionaire who donated $30 million for the building, which was designed by American architect Daniel Libeskind. As I was taking photos of this amazing, gravity-defying, crystalline structure, a man who was just about to enter his car came up to me and said, "Isn't that the ugliest building you have ever seen?" Not quite ready to get into a possibly long discussion with a resident, I grinned at him and said, "Let's just say that it's unusual." He laughed, continued getting into his car and drove off.

the Michael Lee-Chin Crystal wing of the Royal Ontario Museum


We spent most of the afternoon in the ROM's World Culture Galleries, but just before the museum closed for the day, I insisted on a short visit to one of the Natural History Galleries. Now I can finally say that I've seen a Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton! Whee!

Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton at the Royal Ontario Museum

20 comments:

Steffe said...

Some serious touristing going on here. Love the Tyrannosaurus.

Rambling Round said...

Unusual is the word!

CafebyJW said...

The 2nd pic is beautiful.

Angela Robak said...

Great shots, Hilda. Am so glad you are enjoying your visit and maximizing your time! Always so much to see and do; maybe you'll get to try some poutine!?:)

bfarr said...

Yes, I would agree the buidling is interesting and a work or art in itself. Art is supposed to inspire exploration and conversation and it obviously did that.

Never seen a T-Rex except in Jurassic Park (the movie). Neat.

brattcat said...

I rather like the building. But that T-Rex must have agreed with his fellow Canadian because he's looking quite cranky.

Dina said...

The building is exciting, yes. But everyone must see a T. Rex at least once in her life.

Cezar and Léia said...

Thanks for sharing with us these "pieces" of Canada, a country we so much want to visit!
God bless you!
Cezar

Bonnie Bonsai said...

Fascinating, educational and informative. Great shots. Thanks for the visit. Been a long while indeed!

Jilly said...

People will always say that. Think of the pyramid in front of the Louvre in Paris.

Lovely shots and adore your t. rex.

Have a great trip, Hilda.

Priyanka Khot said...

Wow! Thanks for the visit to Toronto. Enjoyed this post and the lil anecdote with the resident.

Jackie said...

I love that second photo! And I wouldn't want to mess with the guy in the 3rd!

Jackie

JM said...

Fantastic composition on top! And I can't agree less with your 'new friend' (LOL), I find the architecture just amazing.
Also like the T. Rex perspective very much. Great post, Hilda!

Jacob said...

Cool post, Hilda. I don't know what to think about the building...I think one would have to see it in person...it is certainly unique and very intriguing. I'd like to see how it configures on the inside, too. Scary-looking skeleton!

the donG said...

amazing. a really good photographer over her perfect subject. structures!

ρομπερτ said...

What wonderful impressions of that great place. Surely a good photographers work. Thank you for sharing. Please have a great new week.

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Louis la Vache said...

Ah! «Louis» sees that you included a photo of his former father-in-law! (last image)

mia said...

I don't think all buildings should be beautiful, but I gotta say, I share that dude's opinion. That building is fugly! It's jarring in a not good way.

Lois said...

I love all the pictures Hilda! So glad you had a good time.

Kaori said...

Oh I've been looking forward to your vacation photos! Love the last shot :D