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An Evening at the Museum

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Spring weekends are usually reserved for picnics, scenic walks, and other outdoor activities, but unfortunately the recent turn of weather might delay any possible garden parties until May. With the long weekend coming up, you don’t want to go stir crazy, so get out of the house.  We recommend the Royal Ontario Museum, which has regular hours the upcoming holiday weekend and will still be hosting their usual Best Value Friday on the evening of Good Friday (meaning you get discounted admission starting at 4 PM). With the ROM’s token peaked roof keeping you safe from the elements, spend your days off exploring the educational exhibits left over from their spring break events. Learn about the arctic wreckage of British explorer Sir John Franklin through an interactive exhibit, understand Canadian historical politics through the satirical cartoons of J.W. Bengough, or go back to the dawn of life by viewing fossils of Burgess Shale specimens.
Two species of trilobite: Selenopeltis buchii (large spinose form) and Dalmanitina species, ating back about 450 million years ago.

Two species of trilobite: Selenopeltis buchii (large spinose form) and Dalmanitina species, which date back about 450 million years.

If fashion is your fascination, stop buy the Patricia Harris Gallery of Textiles and & Costume, which is currently hosting the ¡Viva México! Clothing & Culture exhibition. One of the largest displays of historical and contemporary Mexican textiles in the world, this exhibition is the first time many of the 150 pieces will be on display to the public. Exploring trends in Mexican dress as far back as 1521, this exhibit aims to educate you on the well documented history of fusion between European and traditional Mexican dress.
China Poblana ensemble, 1932. Gifted to the Royal Ontario Museum by Luisa Reynes Gisbert.

Traditional Mexican China Poblana ensemble from 1932. Gifted to the Royal Ontario Museum by Luisa Reynes Gisbert.

You can also investigate a more shrouded history with A Warlord’s Stronghold: Mystery on the Silk Road, which re-explores a 1970’s expedition of the site Saray Yazdigirdi (translated to “Yazdigird’s Palace”). Originally believed to be the palace of a king in the Zagros Mountains of western Iran, the ROM’s recent revaluation of artifacts have revealed the site to be a fortified stronghold of a Persian warlord from second century Parthia.
The highly decorated walls of the

The highly decorated walls of Saray Yazdigirdi.

While leaving your house might be daunting in the cold Toronto weather, this weekend you can stay inside while travelling the world with the Royal Ontario Museum. By Lindsay Cooper Photography courtesy of the Royal Ontario Museum.  

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