Royal Ontario Museum
Founded in 1912, the first expansion opened in 1933 featuring a stunning mosaic ceiling on the rotunda of its east-wing entrance (now often overlooked). In 2007, a new main entrance of five interlocking glass-and-aluminum strip structures opened on Bloor Street, to mixed critical reviews. Inspired by the museum’s gem and mineral collection, architect Daniel Libeskind first sketched the jutting prism designs on the museum’s paper napkins.
The modern addition to the heritage edifice was named the Michael Lee Chin Crystal (in gratitude for Lee Chin’s $30-million donation) and the ROM’s restaurant (C5 – see Eat) is set within the crystal’s pinnacle. The museum plays host to major travelling exhibitions and has its own special exhibitions. Adult tickets start at $24, with half-price admission on Friday evenings starting at 4.30pm (see City Pass).