> Canada >Founded in 1912, the Royal Ontario Museum is Canada’s largest museum and one of the largest museums in North America. The museum has over six million objects in 40 galleries exhibiting both natural history and World cultures. The cultural galleries range from the Stone Age to the more recent past, from all over the World. The Canadian history gallery was created in consultation with First People, and tells the story of Canada’s past from pre-European times to the omplex interactions between Indigenous peoples and French and British colonists. World cultures are represented with extensive collections from the Far East, the Classical World and Africa.
Exhibits: Canadian history, World cultures, including Cyprus, Nubia, Egypt, Roman, Byzantine,
Besides the extensive permanent exhibitions, the Royal Ontario Museum also has a large ‘hands-on gallery’, the CIBC Discovery Gallery, which is divided in three broad sections: Earth, Around the World and Close to Home. The displays in this gallery encourage visitors of all ages to engage actively with real artifacts and specimens from all sections of the museum’s collections.
Highlights of the World Cultures galleries include:
The ancient Egypt collection is the most important collection of Egyptian antiquities in Canada.
A recent acquisition is a rare altar canopy that is thought to have come from a Byzantine church from AD 500/600.
An outstanding collection of Japanese ceramics, religious sculpture, lacquers, furniture and armour spanning two millennia from 1 AD to the 20th century.
A unique collection of artefacts from South Asia, the only one of its kind in the Western world. Here objects from the last 5,000 years – ancient and contemporary, in a single gallery demonstrate the diversity of cultures in South Asia.
The museum is one of a few museums actively involved in current archaeological research on ancient Nubian sites in Sudan. Exhibits highlight recent fieldwork that is doing much to enhance our understanding of Nubian archaeology.