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Frommer's best museums in Toronto

Frommer's best museums in Toronto:  Explore science, art, architecture and more in this creative city.
A totem pole extends towards the skylight in the main stairwell of the Royal Ontario Museum.
A totem pole extends towards the skylight in the main stairwell of the Royal Ontario Museum. Tourism Toronto
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Ontario Science Centre, 770 Don Mills Rd. (tel. 416/696-3127): You don't have to be a tyke to appreciate the amazing interactive displays about biology, ecology, and technology here.

Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen's Park (tel. 416/586-8000): The ROM, as locals call it, is quite possibly that best museum in the country. It's in the midst of a major renovation that will dramatically expand its gallery space, but that shouldn't stop you from seeing the dinosaurs, Chinese temple art, Roman statues, and Middle Eastern mosaics.

University of Toronto Art Centre, 15 King's College Circle (tel. 416/978-1838): This intimate gallery is one of the city's secret treasures. Visit it for the special exhibits (which have ranged from Picasso ceramics to paintings by the Canadian Group of Seven artists) or for the stunning permanent collection of Byzantine art.

Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay (tel. 416/973-4000): This isn't exactly a museum, but as a cultural institution, it's impossible to beat. In this waterfront complex you'll find art exhibits, musical performances, cultural celebrations, outdoor Artists' Gardens, and many special events. The highlight of its calendar is the International Festival of Authors.

Casa Loma, 1 Austin Terrace (tel. 416/923-1171): Toronto has its own castle, and it's a particularly smashing example of architecture. Perhaps the man who built it was a little obsessive, but how can you not admire the fact that it has both a Scottish and a Norman tower?

For a complete listing of what to see and do in Toronto, visit the online attractions index at

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