Rocks and roll – the Royal Ontario Museum

The Royal Ontario Museum - the Crystal

The Royal Ontario Museum - the "Crystal"

If you’re on holidy, then it’s pretty much obligatory to go to a museum, in my experience. Today I went with my sister Lucy and her toddler Chloe to the Royal Ontario Museum in downtown Toronto.

It’s an impressve-looking place, as you can see from the pic on the right. However, it does cost a bloody fortune to get in (22 dollars, and that was the special rate!), probably because they’re still paying for all the glass.

Keeping with the crystal theme, we headed to the minerals and gemstones gallery, figuring that it was full of shiny things that might divert the baby’s attention.  I’ve never been round a museum with a small child before, and it’s a wonderful experience, as they see if in a completely different way – i.e. with a microscopically short attention span.

There were some pretty cool rocks in there – here are a few:

Malachite and azurite - copper ore. I love this because it looks like the earth from space.

Malachite and azurite - copper ore. I love this because it looks like the earth from space.

Disco rocks! These fluoresce under UV light, like a little 90s rave at the back of the gallery

Disco rocks! The minerals in them fluoresce under UV light, like a little 90s rave at the back of the gallery

Desert roses - a naturally occurring formation of Barite

"Desert roses" - a naturally occurring formation of Barite

A sandstone gogotte. Naturally formed, unnaturally disturbing-looking.

A sandstone "gogotte". Naturally formed, unnaturally disturbing-looking.

We also went to the biodiversity gallery – best not to question the wisdom of hving an exhibition discussing how terrible it is that loads of species are going extinct, illustrated with stuffed examples of said endangered species.

Chloe wasn’t so into biodiversity (perhaps she will be a geologist rather than a biologist?), and was more interested in running up and down the place.  I liked the Bat Cave, filled with freakishly realistic bats, strobe lighting and spooky noises.

They also had a punk fish. Ain’t nature wonderful 🙂

A crested oarfish. Not to be eaten with chips.

A crested oarfish. Not to be eaten with chips.

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3 responses to “Rocks and roll – the Royal Ontario Museum

  1. liking the punk fish, but maybe liking the cute thing with the big ears in the background more

  2. There were some pretty cute furry things with big eyes and ears – you’d have loved it 🙂

  3. Neat =), I love the ROM. Would be neat for the naked scientists to do a show from there… not as cool as if you came down to mexico, but still.

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