ROM reopens with timed entry visits

The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) will reopen its doors to the public on Saturday, July 11, 2020 and visitors can now book timed-entry tickets. To help ensure physical distancing and a comfortable Museum experience, the ROM will be limiting the number of admissions to the Museum, and people are asked to pre-book their tickets online.

According to a ROM press release, the first phase of the museum’s reopening offers visitors the opportunity to explore the ROM’s spacious galleries and permanent collections in a welcoming and safe environment, with new health and safety measures in place. Visitors will be able to see Florals: Desire and Design, a ROM-original companion installation to the upcoming exhibition The Cloth that Changed the World: India’s Printed and Painted Cottons. ROM Members have advance access to the museum beginning Thursday, July 9.

ROM Visitor Guidelines

Following the Province of Ontario’s public health recommendations, the ROM has implemented protocols and operational changes to help ensure an enjoyable and safe Museum experience. Full details on what to expect when visiting the ROM are found at, and guidelines will also be outlined onsite at the museum:

  • Visitors must book timed tickets online in advance of their visit. The ROM is limiting the number of visitors in gallery spaces to help ensure physical distancing is maintained.
  • Visitors are required to wear face masks and respect physical distancing, as per municipal regulations. ROM staff will also be wearing face masks.
  • The ROM will be open from Wednesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. These new temporary hours of operation will be in effect until further notice.
  • Each gallery area, elevators, and stairwells will have strict capacity limits and marked pathways to help maintain physical distancing.
  • Frequent, rigorous cleaning and enhanced disinfecting measures will be in place.


New opening dates for special exhibitions—including the return of the beloved Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic in September, and The Cloth that Changed the World: India’s Painted and Printed Cottons—will be announced soon.

Indian cotton fashion is part of the worldwide exploration of an era of botanical discovery and its cultural connections in the ROM’s “Florals: Desire and Design” exhibit. Photo courtesy of Royal Ontario Museum

The ROM’s special digital presentations continue through the summer, with new online programming. Details will be posted to ROM at Home as they are available.