At various points I've posted pictures of the outside of the Royal Ontario Museum, because its giant crystal extension is such a striking feature of the streetscape near me. But I hadn't yet made it inside the place until late last week, when my mom and one of her friends came to visit me. We had a generally good touristy time, riding streetcars all over the place, in part to get out of the snow and cold, but also to see different neighborhoods. We ate well, too, from the good little pub/restaurant near me to Chinese on Dundas to Italian on College. But seeing the inside of the ROM was especially fun, since it's something I've meant to do for so long.
It was interesting to see the way the shape of the crystal created odd visions of the outside world. There was a lot of disappointment with the crystal because it's not very crystaline from the outside--people expected lots of glass, and it ended up having much more metal (?) cladding on it. Apparently it still has too much glass, and so too much light, for some of the collections. But from the inside the mixture of glass and solids actually makes kind of an interesting space.
I quite liked this camel (and his partner) from the China collection.