|ROM. Photo Credit: It_Paris|
Overall my visit was a good but tiring day. The ROM is huge and by the end of the day I found myself experiencing museum fatigue. Some of the highlights of my visit were the Samuel European Galleries and the Gallery of Chinese Architecture.
|European Gallery. Credit: Tom Flemming|
The European Gallery also included the Arms and Armour and the Around 1914: Design in a New Age displays. The Around 1914 exhibit included an interesting mix of material from designers such as Christopher Dresser, Frank Lloyd Wright, Max Laeuger, and Louis Comfort Tiffany. It was an interesting capstone to the European Galleries focus on material culture and design.
|Chinese Tomb. Credit: FHKE|
building features, and tomb related artifacts. The Architecture gallery space is relatively small and in comparison to the Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Gallery of China which focuses on the broader history and culture of China. However, the large buildings and tombs in the Architecture section were eye catching and a nice variation to the more frequent displays of pottery, tools, and statues.
In addition to the European Gallery and the Chinese Architecture Gallery I enjoyed the hands on elements integrated into the Gallery of Biodiversity and the Earth's Treasures exhibit that focused on the history of mining, precious minerals, and gems. I had no idea either of these galleries existed and was presently surprised by their quality and uniqueness.