Family Day at the ROM: Free Admission


ROM’s Family Day Weekend
Saturday, February 17 to Monday, February 19
Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queens Park


With enhanced programming and a much-anticipated return of a celebrated dino, Canada’s leading museum is preparing to host an unforgettable ROM Family Day Weekend experience, as presented by BASF Canada. And, to close the weekend on a very special note, admission for all visitors will be completely free on Family Day (Monday, February 19), including full access to all regularly surcharged special exhibitions. ROM’s Family Day Weekend runs Saturday, February 17 to Monday, February 19.

All weekend long, guests can experience the majesty of Zuul, ROM’s world-famous ankylosaur – just back from a triumphant tour to Japan. For just a few weeks, visitors can once again come face to face with “The Destroyer of Shins” — a gnarly horned armoured dinosaur with a sledgehammer-like tail. Zuul is remarkable for being recognized as one of the most complete skeletons of its kind ever uncovered. Along with Zuul, ROM will be presenting exciting activities, engaging workshops, and diverse exhibitions. Activities are included with admission, making this long weekend an ideal opportunity to create lasting memories through the wonders of art, culture, and nature.

During Family Day Weekend, Museum guests can enjoy a host of daily programming from 11:00 am until 4:00 pm. Surrounding the popular Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, visitors are invited to learn the Anishnabemowin names of animals featured in the show’s spectacular photographs or try their hand at photojournalism with the kid-friendly cameras supplied in ROM’s Earth Rangers Studio. In ROM’s hands-on learning hub, MakerSpace, kids can discover the world of chemistry through fun experiments, including slime-making sessions in the BASF Kids’ Lab: Playful Polymers.

Special Exhibitions on during Family Day Weekend                                                       

Please note, feature exhibitions Wildlife Photographer of the Year and Death: Life’s Greatest Mystery are surcharged.

  • Wildlife Photographer of the Year is the world-renowned annual nature photography competition and exhibition, presenting a new set of 100 images celebrating artistic composition, technical excellence, and breathtaking views of the natural world.
  • Noelle Hamlyn: Lifers displays over twenty repurposed and retailored life jackets, hand-crafted by Canadian visual artist Noelle Hamlyn, as it examines the impact of textiles and fashion on the planet’s water quality.
  • Death: Life’s Greatest Mystery is a thought-provoking exhibition that explores cultural and natural responses to life and death and asks big questions including: “What if I don’t want to die?”, “What will happen to my body?” and “What will happen to my ‘self’?”.

Learn more about the ROM Family Day Weekend.