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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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Ottawa: Canadian War Museum Admission

3. 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

4. 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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What people are saying about Ontario

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.

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

Lovely place , in the middle of the winter a touch of tropic,