It’s been an extremely long time since I was last at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM). I last visited for a special exhibit several years ago—2011’s Maya: Secrets of their Ancient World. I found it slightly underwhelming and haven’t been back again until this weekend.
It’s Victoria Day weekend, so we thought it was a good time to bring our peanut (now three years old) to see the museum. He’s fairly fond of dinosaurs, so he has been asking to go for a month or two, now.
Note: I should have checked before we left, because then I’d have learned about the promo code SAVE5 (use it online or mention it at the museum), and we’d have saved $5 a ticket for Victoria Day Weekend. This applies for general admission or new The Blue Whale special exhibit.
The ROM has a number of regular galleries covering world cultures and the arts, but we stuck to some of the Natural History exhibits because we had a dinosaur-loving tot in tow, and I personally have a preference for science-related exhibits.
We only arrived at the museum with two hours left until closing time, so we spent most of it looking at the Blue Whale exhibit and the Age of Dinosaurs Gallery.
In April 2014, nine adult Blue Whales had been discovered dead, entombed in ice off the western coast of Newfoundland. These whales represent as much as four percent of the known western North Atlantic population of this iconic, endangered species, which consists of between 200 to 450 individuals. The Blue Whale is the largest species of animal that has ever lived on earth, outweighing the biggest known sauropod dinosaur twofold. In May 2014, a small ROM team traveled to Newfoundland to salvage a Blue Whale that had washed ashore in the hopes of turning this tragedy into a positive research and education story.
The Blue Whale Story runs through September 4, 2017.