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ROM for Holidays capital idea for lovers of Vikings, Christian Dior, wildlife photography and more …

Mark Clairmont |
Here’s a capital idea.
ROM for the Holidays is a great way for the whole family to get-away.

The ROM is celebrating the holidays, including the re-opening of its original entrance on University Avenue. The Bloor Street doors are also still open.

The ROM is celebrating the holidays, including the re-opening of its original entrance on University Avenue. The Bloor Street doors are also still open.

So what’s new at the Royal Ontario Museum?
Besides a new (old) entrance off University Avenue, there are several new shows offered, in addition to the ROM’s permanent collection Canadianna, a great Far East exhibit and of course a huge collection of dinosaur bones.
A day-trip to Toronto will let the kids explore early Canadian Viking landings and explorers; mom can browse the Christian Dior display; and dad can focus on this year’s winners of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year.
That’s just part of the ROM for the Holidays on until Jan. 7.
A pre-Christmas visit highlighted the incredible assortment of natural and historic items on display from right there in Toronto to around the world.
Celebrating the House of Christian Dior’s 70th anniversary, Christian Dior features a selection of breathtaking designs from daytime to evening wear for grand occasions, and explores how and why Christian Dior’s iconic lines, luxury textiles, and romantic embroideries laid the foundation for the global success of the fashion house.
Senior ROM curator Dr. Alexandra Palmer draws from the ROM’s extensive collection from the first ten years of Christian Dior haute couture, 1947 to 1957, to offer captivating insights into the creative process and mechanics of the fashion industry in Paris during a pivotal time.
Explore the brilliance behind Christian Dior’s dramatic creations that revived the Paris haute couture industry after the devastation of the Second World War in ROM’s original exhibition, Christian Dior, presented by Holt Renfrew.
After the drab uniform fashions of the Second World War, Dior exploded with colour and fabrics that accentuated figures and brought out personalities.
The show is very popular with men, women and Toronto’s trans community.
And did you know that Montreal’s Holt Renfrew president Alvin Walker received France’s highest honour for bringing the designs to Canada, where they were remade and sold. Holt Renfrew was licensed to make the gowns for eight years.
There are gowns designed for Wallis Simpson and Charlie Chaplin’s fourth wife.
But it’s more than Dior. Several other Parisian designers are included, with some fabulous, hard to believe beads and hand embroidery.
There are gowns and accessories from Maison Hurel and Maison Rebe.
“It’s a question of loving beautiful things,” sas Ginisy et Quesnolle.
The Vikings landed in Canada in what is now Newfoundland and Labrador.
They brought with them many skills, including sailing.
But what has been found in Canada and through Scandanavia and much of western Europe is beautiful and original.
And all on display at the ROM.
Another special exhibition on right now is the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Award winners.
These stunning glimpses into nature take you beyond the mico and macro lens to the heart of the animals around the world — and under the seas with spectacular close-ups in the native environments.
There are birds, animals of prey, fish and cute and some disturbing shots that will change your view of wildlife.
Those three shows require special tickets beyond the general admission price to Canada’s largest museum.
ROM for the Holidays (on till Jan. 7) is the perfect gathering place for family and friends of all ages to celebrate the festive season.

Date Hours
Tuesday, December 26 to Saturday, December 30, 2017 10:00 am to 7:00 pm
Sunday, December 31, 2017 10:00 am to 5:30 pm
Monday, January 1 to Saturday January 6, 2018 10:00 am to 7:00 pm
Sunday, January 7, 2018 10:00 am to 5:30 pm

For thirteen exciting days, the Royal Ontario Museum is transformed into a fun-filled winter wonderland. Experience three amazing special exhibitions, VIKINGS, Dior, and Wildlife Photographer of the Year*, that will transport you to three very different worlds.
*not included with general Museum admission.
Make, discover and explore at ROM for the Holidays with daily activities and live performances from 10:30 am until 30 minutes before closing*, all included with admission.
*unless otherwise noted.

Daily activities include:
Living Viking History – Experience Norse daily life with re-enactments of these legendary explorers, warriors and artisans.
Program Partners: Torvik and Wulfthorpe.
Meet & greet until 30 minutes before closing, presentations at 12:30, 2:00 & 4:00 PM
SaMel Tanz – Art and culture come alive with performers SaMel Tanz as they dance their way through the ROM, with their contemporary and urban movements.
Program Partner: Toronto Fringe
1:30, 2:00 & 3:00 PM
Sonshine & Broccoli – Get ready to sing with Sonshine & Broccoli! This high-energy, fun musical duo rock the ROM with new songs and fan favourites that will get you moving.
11:30 AM & 2:30 PM
A Wild Time – Get up close and personal with exotic wildlife and discover incredible animal facts with Hands On Exotics.
Meet & greet until 30 minutes before closing, presentations at 1:30 & 3:30 PM
Paper Couturier – Express yourself! Create and colour your own couture look to take home.
Viking Family Lounge – Join in some Viking games – compete in feats of strength, challenge your mind, or just have a roaring good time!
Deck the Halls – Be inspired by Viking voyages, wildlife, high fashion, and more! Design your own ornament to take home, or for the ROM’s Holiday Tree.
Grab a Prop & Strike a Pose – Adventure, glamour, wildlife – the ROM has it all! Take an iconic selfie to immortalize your visit.
Animal Sagas – Meet some of the animals featured in Norse mythology, and ones that made the journey along the same routes as the Vikings. Can you find them all in this ROM Quest?
Making Faces – Transform yourself into a Vikings with our amazing face painting artists.
11:00 AM–4:00 PM
Wild Photos – Explore the science behind the art. See real specimens that inspire incredible wildlife photography.
11:00 AM–4:00 PM
Get Twisted – Keep your eyes open for colourful, creative sculptures by world champion balloon artist Mark Verge.
Family Selfie Trail – Lights, camera, smile! Explore the galleries while snapping photos of the highlights of your adventure.
Out of the Vaulrs: Ancient Games – Get upclose to ancient artifacts and learn about all the games that people liked to play.
And more!
Plan your ROM for the Holidays experience today, check before visiting for programing updates and time changes.
Whether celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or the first days of the New Year, make your holiday memories at ROM for the Holidays: Tuesday December 26, 2017 to Sunday January 7, 2018.
Looking to make the most of the time before school resumes? Give the kids a special week of discovery at Holiday Camp. This pre-registered day camp for ages 5 to 14 runs from Tuesday January 2 to Friday January 5, 2018.

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