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Toronto: Royal Ontario Museum Special Exhibits Ticket

1. Toronto: Royal Ontario Museum Special Exhibits Ticket

Visit the Royal Ontario Museum, where jaw-dropping dinosaurs, glittering gemstones, and mysterious mummies are just a few of the treasures on display. Your ticket includes general admission and access to one or more of the special exhibits. Enjoy the freedom to explore the museum at your own pace and visit the exhibits and galleries that interest you most. There’s plenty to see and do at the museum, with exhibits to interest the whole family. The special exhibits currently featured at the Royal Ontario Museum include "Great Whales: Up Close and Personal" and the "Breaking the Frame" exhibition. Great Whales: Up Close and Personal In 2017, the ROM shared the incredible journey of Blue, ROM’s beloved blue whale in "Out of the Depths: The Blue Whale Story". The highly successful ROM-original exhibition told the story of nine blue whales that died tragically in the Gulf of St. Lawrence in 2014, and the unprecedented opportunity for research and conservation it presented. Fast forward four years and the museum returns to the depths. Showcasing the ROM’s commitment to Canada’s iconic North Atlantic whales, this exhibition takes the story further and features Blue alongside two new skeletons: the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale and the deep-diving sperm whale. With multi-sensory interactive and immersive experiences, Great Whales compares these three unique giants, from their size and diet to their intelligence and evolution, while highlighting the extensive ongoing research and conservation efforts being undertaken to save these mammals from extinction. The ROM invites you to dive back in and discover these incredible great whales of Canada's east coast, their complex relationships with humans, and what we can do to save them. Breaking the Frame Experience the unexpected in the North American debut of Breaking the Frame, featuring one of the earliest photographs taken by a female artist, unusual subject matter from the biggest names in photography, and portraits from photo studios in West Africa and India. Explore more than 90 original and vintage prints from the Solander collection that inspire new and unconventional approaches to photo history. Breaking the Frame showcases many accomplished artists of the 19th and 20th centuries – from Malick Sidibé and Florence Henri to Lang Jingshan, Ansel Adams, Diane Arbus, Henry Fox Talbot, Robert Frank, and Dorothea Lange – who have helped shape photography, offering a global perspective on the medium that pushes our understanding beyond the conventional.

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Toronto: Bata Shoe Museum Entrance Ticket

2. Toronto: Bata Shoe Museum Entrance Ticket

Marvel at a stunning collection of shoes from around the world with an entrance ticket to the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto. Discover footwear of every description collected by the museum's founder, Sonja Bata. As one of Toronto's foremost cultural landmarks, and a world-renowned institution with a reputation for global excellence, the Bata Shoe Museum features one of the world's largest and most impressive footwear collections. Housed in a building shaped like a shoebox, to a design by the Canadian architect Raymond Moriyama, the museum welcomes you with its distinctive and spacious contemporary architecture filled with light. The museum collects, researches, preserves, and exhibits footwear from around the world. Explore the beautifully designed exhibitions and experience 4 innovative gallery spaces with rotating artifacts and shows. Take a fascinating journey through 4,500 years of footwear history in "All About Shoes."  2019 Exhibitions:  • Want: Desire, Design and Depression Era Footwear • The Gold Standard: Glittering Footwear from Around the Globe • Art and Innovation: Traditional Arctic Footwear from the Bata Shoe Museum Collection

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Toronto's Waterfront: Smartphone Audio Walking Tour

3. Toronto's Waterfront: Smartphone Audio Walking Tour

Avoid the limitations of the traditional walking tour and take an audio guided with you around Toronto. Download the app and let the GPS map show you where you are and where you'll go next. Enjoy automated commentary as you walk from location to location and appreciate the city at your own pace. Ditch crowded tour groups and specific schedules and embark on a great self-guided tour experience with all the information a guide would provide. Spot the major sights like the CN Tower, the Rogers Centre, Sugar Beach and the Redpath Sugar Plant, One Yonge Street, and the Toronto Star Building. Stop and start whenever you like and take part in a fun location-based trivia game. Listen carefully to the commentary, look at the question on your phone, and take a stab at getting the right answer.

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Ottawa: Canadian War Museum Admission

4. Ottawa: Canadian War Museum Admission

Visit The Canadian War Museum, the national museum of military history, conveniently located west of Parliament Hill near downtown Ottawa. The museum is one of the world's most respected places for the study and understanding of armed conflict.  Discover the inspiring and touching stories of Canada's military contributions. Canada's rich military history is showcased through personal stories, artwork, photographs, and interactive presentations. Tour the extensive permanent exhibitions and expand your knowledge of the conflicts that shaped Canada, Canadians, and the world. The galleries have been designed to emphasize the human experience of war.  Explore at your own pace as you discover the rare and historically important artifacts, uniforms, vehicles, art, and memorabilia that make up the 3 million pieces in the collections. Each gallery highlights defining moments in Canada’s military history and the ways in which past events have shaped the nation.

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Gatineau: Canadian Museum of History Admission

5. Gatineau: Canadian Museum of History Admission

Experience Canada’s rich history in exciting new ways at The Canadian Museum of History and tour the expansive permanent exhibitions. The Museum is located five minutes from downtown Ottawa and Parliament Hill. Explore immersive galleries and learn about the outstanding achievements of First Peoples. The signature exhibition, the Canadian History Hall, reveals the events, personalities, and historical currents that have shaped Canada. Make the most of your visit with the free multilingual museum guide. Download the app prior to arrival to unlock exhibition overviews, interactive maps, images, and 360-degree virtual reality tours.

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4-Day Tour of America from New York City

6. 4-Day Tour of America from New York City

Visit the American and Canadian sides of Niagara Falls. Stop at an outlet mall for shopping, continue to the historic city of Brotherly love in Philadelphia and see the famous Liberty Bell and Independence Hall Square. You will also visit Washington DC, the US Capitol and visit the US Mint. Continue to Lancaster to learn about the Amish community. Day 1: New York - Finger Lakes - Niagara Falls Your morning departure from the Big Apple takes you north where you will pass the beautiful Delaware Gap to Watkins Glen State Park in the heart of the Finger Lakes region. Walk through Watkins Glen Canyon to visit the beautiful waterfalls and then continue to Niagara Falls passing Seneca Lake, arriving in the late afternoon (Winter itinerary goes to Montour Falls instead of Watkins Glen State Park). Tour the American and Canadian sides of the Falls including the American Falls, Horseshoe Falls, Goat Island, and Sister Island. At night tour Niagara Falls where you will marvel at the colorful lighting of the waters. Overnight: Niagara Falls - Wyndham Super 8 Day 2: Niagara Falls - New Jersey As you depart the hotel, hear the thundering water of Niagara Falls. See the falls up close from Horseshoe Falls and experience the power of the current aboard the Maid of the Mist (May-October). From November through April you will tour the Power Vista Hydro-electric Station, and the Cave of the Winds. At noon depart south to New York State. On the way to New York, enjoy a shopping excursion at one of the large outlet malls along the way, where you can hunt for bargains at their brand name stores. Overnight New Jersey - La Quinta Inns & Suites  Day 3: New Jersey - Philadelphia - Washington DC Depart New Jersey to Pennsylvania and to the city of brotherly love Philadelphia. Arriving in the Historic area of Philadelphia you will visit the famous Liberty Bell, and Constitution square and Constitution Hall, one of the symbols of freedom in America. Stroll Elfreth’s Alley (the oldest inhabited street in America) then continue on a panoramic tour of Philadelphia that includes the financial district, Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Historic Philadelphia and more. Departing Philadelphia, see the famous “Rocky Steps” and then continue north to Lancaster county home of the Amish people. Ride on an authentic Amish Buggy, visit an Amish market place of handmade arts and crafts and learn what it's like to live without the benefit of modern technology, electricity, running water or telephone service. Overnight at: Wyndham Garden, Washington DC. Day 4: Washington DC - New York  Start the day with a visit to Thomas Jefferson Memorial, by the Tidal Basin, surrounded with famous Japanese cherry blossom trees. Visit the Arlington National Cemetery, the changing of the guards and the Kennedy family gravesite.  Next stop is Capitol Hill. See the US Capitol and the White House to understand the core of the US government. Continue to the Air and Space Museum before visiting the Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Korea and Vietnam Memorials.  In the late afternoon, depart north for an evening arrival in New York.

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Toronto: 2-Hour Kensington Market Chinatown Walking Tour

7. Toronto: 2-Hour Kensington Market Chinatown Walking Tour

Canada is often described as a “cultural mosaic”—Toronto exemplifies this diversity. Explore the fascinating neighborhoods of Toronto with an expert guide on a 2-hour walking tour. Choose to join a public tour or enjoy a private tour. Explore booming Chinatown, with its novelty tea shops, ethnic markets, and stunning street art. Continue through Kensington Market, the definition of the Canadian melting pot. Explore and taste more specialty food stops than you can count (optional tastings at own cost). Fall in love with the eclectic shops through diverse authentic streets. If you are a curious local, a “New Canadian” or just a visiting for the day, you'll enjoy the walk of a lifetime. Some other highlights include Campbell House, Consulate General of the United States, Art Gallery of Ontario, Lucky Moose Food Mart, Ten Ren, Moonbeam Coffee, Tom’s Place, Nu Bugel, Otto’s Berliner Döner, Kiever Synagogue, just to name a few.

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It was so great! My grandchildren loved it! I did not exhibition so well presented. Truly, I was not a dino believer but after the visit to ROM on December 18, I changed my opinion on their presence on the Earth. Anyway, the Blue Whale exhibit was impressive. We all have learned a lot. As a Montessori teacher, I regret that my students do not have a chance to go to the museum as a field trip activity these days. Thank you!!!

Cloth that Changed the World exhibit is fantastic. I recommend it highly. I love Indian hand blocks and ROM’s collection is one of the world’s best. Beautifully presented with a companion exhibit on the botany of the dyes and the derivation of the flora in the designs. This is a spectacular exhibit.

The whale exhibit doesn’t have actual whales and there is an extra charge you can pay in the basement or when you check-in to the original front desk. The Museum is planned out really well and there’s lots of seating available if you need to take a break.

Everyone was very friendly and helpful. We were taken to the exhibit that i wanted to see. When we were lost a very nice young man came to our rescue.

Our family - 10 of us - ages 18 months to retirement, really enjoyed the exhibit - each at our own level