June 22, 2009

The Royal Ontaria Museum

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:29 am by classicalmusic

Museum today is focused on displays of both world cultures and natural history. What makes this museum unique is the way they depict the interactivity of the two. For example, a visitor can learn all about the Inuit Eskimos that live in the far North of Canada, along the rim of the Arctic Circle. This is one of the most inhospitable places on Earth. The climate is extreme year round, with temperatures often plunging one hundred degrees or more below zero. The area is remote and many times the only access is via sea plane. Yet despite the harshness of the environment, people have been living in this place for hundreds of years. How they not only survive the climate but actually live their lives in harmony with their natural surroundings is a focus of the museum. The museum teaches that culture and environment are closely related. This is one of the things that the museum really does best. Yet the Museum is not limited to exhibits like the above. The science wing is an amazing and hands-on center that is especially fun for children. Moderns scientific concepts are explained in a way that kids won’t even realize that they are learning. And of course, the optical illusion exhibit that thrilled me when I was a kid is still there only much better than I remembered. Prepare to be fascinated as you learn that the mind can be visually tricked into seeing things that may not even be there. One could literally spend the whole day just in the modern science wing. Yet that would be a waste. This museum has so much to offer that you really need to give yourself enough time to see everything. Don’t rush. If you need to take a few days. You won’t be wasting your time. Fortunately, the very good cafeteria serves hot food all the hours the museum is open. Take a break and grab some food. It will give you energy and provides a nice break. Thankfully, unlike in many museum cafeterias, the prices are all very reasonable.

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