Travel with ROM – free walks to inspire and help discover our culture, heritage


Assembling for a ROMwalk. Photo by Paul Vaculik

This year,  GTA residents and visitors can travel with the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) to connect with the city—and world—in new ways.

A new season of ROMwalks, ROMbus, and ROMtravel includes trips through Toronto’s oldest neighbourhoods, as well as far-off destinations have been scheduled to inspire people and help them discover new perspectives on the shared cultural history of our country, province and city.

Highlights of this season’s ROMwalks include nine Toronto neighbourhoods to be explored in one of 36 free walks. You can xxperience Toronto’s history from street level through stories told by a dedicated group of ROM guides. Walks include an Arts & Entertainment route, on July 10 and August 10, takes participants through the city’s theatre district. The Queen’s Park Circle walk returns and shares the history of Queen’s Park and the surrounding University of Toronto campus, on June 29, and August 3.

ROMwalks are free. To participate, just meet at the designated location on Wednesdays at 6:00 pm or Sundays at 2:00 pm (look for the guides with the purple ROM umbrella). Walks take place rain or shine, are about two hours, and are led by knowledgeable guides.

ROMwalks encompass the diverse aspects of Toronto’s vibrant neighbourhoods including history, architecture, arts of all varieties, education and more. lso available are Private Group Walks that are perfect for clubs, community groups, or out-of-town visitors. These group walks are arranged specifically for you and can be scheduled for any day and time. The cost is $10 per person with a minimum of 10 people. Call 416.586.8097 for more information about arranging a private group walk.

All walking tours are organized by the ROM’s Department of Museum Volunteers.

Exclusive to ROM Members are two walking tours: Toronto Necropolis, on July 16 at 1:00 pm, and historic Jarvis Street on October 15 at 1:00 pm. ROM Members can register for these walks at or by calling 416.586.5700.

ROMbus features curated day trips that explore places in and around Toronto. Season highlights include Montgomery Sisam: Toronto Architects, Tour No. V, and Off to the Horse Races, to learn all about the world of thoroughbred horses. Trips include tour guide, transportation, and lunch. For information visit

ROMtravel lets you explore the world in the company of ROM experts. This year’s destinations include Newfoundland with Dr. Mark Engstrom, the ROM’s Director of Collections and Research, and Japan with Jack Howard, recently retired head of the ROM’s Far Eastern Library. For ROMtravel trips and details visit – CINEWS/ROM

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