The Royal Ontario Museum has been a place of learning, teaching and exploring since I was a child and every chance I get, I go back whether as a volunteer on a school trip or just as a day out with the kids. When I was asked to spend a day at the ROM and learn about their memberships, I was more than happy to bundle the kids up, hop on the subway and head downtown for a day of exploring, learning and hands-on fun.
I had no idea until I was asked to be a part of this program that the ROM even had yearly memberships and after our wonderful day and tour from a very informative lady named Geri, I think I will be investing in a membership. The price isn’t even all that expensive when you consider that you could visit every day if you wanted and not to mention that members get access to all of the exhibits including the ones that are not included with your regular admission ticket. I also really love the idea of membership for the simple reason that in all of my trips to the ROM, I still have not seen every exhibit.
I love that with a membership we could go and spend the day just taking in one or two exhibits instead of trying to fit in the whole museum in one trip (impossible to do anyway). Even getting to the museum at opening, we didn’t get a chance to really spend time doing something each of my kids wanted to do.
We definitely saw the dinosaurs because that is a huge favourite for my boys, we had a quick stop in the Discovery Gallery where the boys searched for dinosaur bones, tried on different clothing and accessories from history and just had a hands-on learning experience, headed downstairs for a quick lunch at the Druxy’s ROM Cafe (which membership gives you discounts for) and then it was time for the tour.
Our tour guide, Geri, was a fountain of knowledge and had every one of my kids engaged and interested and explained so many of the different exhibits and at the end of the tour, she even let all the kids in our group actually touch a dinosaur tooth and bone.
Even spending an entire day at the ROM didn’t even come close to touching on many of the things it has to offer. This is where membership would make the most sense. As a family of 7, it also makes the most financial sense because, for $161 for one year or $291 for 2 years, I would be able to take my entire family as it covers 2 adults and 4 children, 17 and under and all children 4 and under are free anyway. This would also include free access to all of the special exhibits like the Vikings experience that Geri allowed us to see after our tour and any that will be running during your membership year.
These would cost extra on top of the regular admission, so the one-year membership more than pays for itself in under 2 visits. For my family to go to the ROM with regular admission plus access to all the special exhibits, would cost $174.
Some of the other highlights of membership benefits are:
All Membership levels include all core benefits:
- Unlimited free admission to ROM galleries and exhibitions
- Unlimited free admission to special ticketed exhibitions*
- Free coat check
- Previews of select exhibition and gallery openings
- Subscription to ROM magazine
- Discounts on select programs, lectures, and special events
- Advance booking opportunities for special ticketed programs and events*
- Discounts at ROM Boutique and Druxy’s ROM Café*
- Discounts on select Gift Membership Levels*
- Special Member-only discounts at local cultural institutions
- Free general admission at select Canadian Museums*
- Monthly eNewsletters to keep you up-to-date
- Travel opportunities to destinations around the world*
*some restrictions apply
I can’t think of a better way to help educate my kids about world history, ancient civilizations and dinosaurs (to name a few) then spending a few hours at the ROM.
We had such a great time and I can’t wait to take them all back again and this time I think I will be investing in a membership and really get to enjoy every aspect of the museum at our own pace without feeling rushed to fit it all in. For more information on the ROM and membership, visit their website here.