Today, the grade 4-6 classes at my school visited the ROM a.k.a. Royal Ontario Museum. It was a pretty fun trip but in the end was the best part. We all got exhausted but some of us still had our energy on the bus ride back to school. Want to hear about all the amazing exhibits?
First we visited the Ancient China exhibit. It was about the culture and the different dynasties. We also got to learn about the clothes they wore and how they lived back then.
Next we visited the Ancient Korea exhibit. It was mainly about the three kingdoms that existed at that time. All the kingdoms were different. The people in the kingdoms spoke different languages, but there were some similarities. All kingdoms were economies living off rice cultivating. Trade was mostly through barter, with a limited use of shell money or Chinese coins. Transport was by horse, oxcart, and ship.
After we visited the First Nations/Aboriginals exhibit. There we learned about their rituals and past stories. They even had canoes and all the different types of Aboriginal groups. E.g. Cree, Mikmaq, Huron, Ottawa, Blackfoot. We compared the different groups to see what was different. We also talked about Upper Canada and the difference between their time and our time now, the influences, the power,etc.
Later we visited Ancient Rome/Greece. There we looked at the famous people mainly. Such as the philosophers, the leaders, the scientists and the poets. The exhibit highlighted the legacy of Rome. Rome was home to some of the world’s greatest engineering accomplishments, such as the Colosseum where gladiators fought, often to the death. In this exhibit Ancient Rome is shown through the largest collection of Roman artifacts in Canada. Over 500 artifacts explained the daily Roman life, the style throughout the Empire, and the Roman influence on different cultures.
A while after that, we went onto to see the life of the Egyptians. This exhibit was split by the different aspects of life. Such as food, jewelry, clothing, architecture, makeup,etc. It was really awesome. Ancient Egypt is one of my favourite civilizations. I love their stories and the way they depended on the Nile for many things. It was an interesting thing to see. In that part of the exhibit was another interesting part! Did you know Ancient Egypt’s most prized pet is buried right inside the ROM? I never knew but it is. The Tomb of Kitines showcases a 2,500 year-old mummified cat wrapped in linen bandages. However, what makes this cat extraordinary is that it is missing its mask. You can view the cat as it sleeps eternally with its eyes closed, ears folded back, and teeth exposed!
After that we had our lunch which was an hour. As soon as that was done, we went to see a bonus exhibit on Biodiversity. This gallery explored and displayed life on planet earth: life in the recent past, now and in the future. They had natural history collections – from “Bulls” the Southern White Rhino to the live coral reef. They challenged you to live sustainably with nature. It was a pretty interesting exhibit. What I liked was above every case was a sentence about how each animal was effecting the environment/ecosystem around them.
I loved the whole trip and since this was a trip specifically related to our social studies unit we never got to see all the exhibits which was a shame. Anyways, other than that it was a good day and I think it was a very educational and enriching experience.