Saturday, June 24, 2017

Tori's Pretty Life - The ROM

T-Rex Replica - The Royal Ontario Museum - Tori's Pretty Things Blog
T-Rex Replica - The Royal Ontario Museum
Happy Weekend! How goes the start to your Saturday?

Originally, my BFFs were supposed to head north for their first visit this weekend. But between trips, and visits, and zero time to clean the apartment, I'm thankful they were so understanding when I asked to postpone until the Fall.

Frankly, I'm really looking forward to a super domestic weekend with B. Shoot - I'm just looking forward to quality time with B, in general!

We've spent so much time these last two months on "Doing All the Things!" and "Seeing All the People!" that I really can't wait for it to be just the two of us :). ("Just the two of us, you and I..")

Speaking of seeing all the people, let's chat a bit about some of the adventures we got into during my parents visit last week!

It was such a great time seeing them and showing them this new city we call home. We crossed off a nice little list of Torontonian things and that included a trip to the Royal Ontario Museum, (the ROM for short.)

The ROM is like if the American Museum of Natural History and The Met had a baby. (...albeit a giant baby with only 5% or so of their artifacts on display at a given time.)

Of course, we couldn't cover everything in the two hours we spent there.

So what did we see? Just keep reading!


This Week's Pretty Adventure:

We started our trip in the Gallery of Chinese Architecture, where we explored Chinese, Korean and Japanese artifacts (dating as far back as 300 BC!)

As a kid, I was minorly obsessed with going to China after my 5th-grade teacher showed us home movies from her personal trip. (#TrueStory)

As an Adult, China is still on my list by Japan ranks even higher. So we spent quite a bit of time enjoying the bright color, intricate details, and happy Budha's all around this room :).


View of King St - The Royal Ontario Museum - Tori's Pretty Things Blog
View of King St from Jarvis, circa 1844
The North West part of the City of Quebec - The Royal Ontario Museum - Tori's Pretty Things Blog
The North West part of the City of Quebec, circa 1805
Of course, we couldn't go to our first Canadian museum without taking in the Canadian history!

Canada itself was pretty glossed over in my history classes, outside of a vivid section in the 6th grade. So it was really interesting to spend time in the Sigmund Samuel Gallery of Canada.

Plus, it was really cool to see the places I visit on the day to day and connect the dots with older Canadian history (Here's looking at you, King St Painting!)

Gallery of Minerals - The Royal Ontario Museum - Tori's Pretty Things Blog
The Barrick Gold Corporation Gallery
Gallery of Minerals - The Royal Ontario Museum - Tori's Pretty Things Blog
As a gal with a bit of a bright color fascination, (I mean, have you seen my nails?!), the Barrick Gold Corporation Gallery was my jammmm!

I think I took a picture of almost every mineral and rock I looked at. The colors, the textures...the sparkles! 

I was so fascinated by the different complexities of each mineral, metal, and space rock that I spent more time in this room than anywhere else :).

Gallery of Gems and Gold - The Royal Ontario Museum - Tori's Pretty Things Blog
Gallery of Gems and Gold
Gallery of Gems and Gold - The Royal Ontario Museum - Tori's Pretty Things Blog

Of course, the minerals then led you right into the Gallery of Gems and Gold :).

While I generally don't wear much jewelry, I appreciate a good sparkle... and oh my goodness was there sparkle!

I forgot to take a photo of why those pearls and broche were special, so definitely my apologies there. But I mean, they're so pretty. I'm sure we can enjoy looking at them all the same, right? :)

James and Louise Temerty Galleries of the Age of Dinosaurs - The Royal Ontario Museum - Tori's Pretty Things Blog
James and Louise Temerty Galleries of the Age of Dinosaurs - The Royal Ontario Museum - Tori's Pretty Things Blog

I think my original notes about this gallery say it best,  "DINOSAURSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS, YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!" lol

I don't know that I'll ever get over looking at dinosaur fossils and replicas. They're just so cool!

My jaw drops and my mind spins every single time I see them, so this visit to the James and Louise Temerty Galleries of the Age of Dinosaurs was no different.

Could you imagine what the world looked like when these giants ruled the land and sea?

Breathtaking!

Gallery of Greece - The Royal Ontario Museum - Tori's Pretty Things Blog

Gallery of Greece - The Royal Ontario Museum - Tori's Pretty Things Blog

We wrapped up our little ROM visit with the Gallery of Greece.

I'm just realizing that I didn't tell you -  In just about two months B and I are headed off on our first European vacation together (and my first trip to Europe ever!) to visit Greece :).

So we knew we couldn't leave the ROM without getting a taste of what our future trip might include.

I can't wait to see the Acropolis ruins and enjoy this culture in person! For now, though, the ROM didn't disappoint with their wonderful array of sculptures, replicas, and artifacts :).


What Else?

All in all, I really enjoyed our time at the ROM! It's a great way to spend the day and take in a ton of Canadian and world culture.

I definitely have my sights set on going back.. especially to get a peek at this display in the Fall :).

Bookmark and Share

No comments:

Post a Comment

Let's get chatting! I'd love to hear from you :)