Before I got interested in all this crazy housewares and decor stuff, that is.
Suddenly the ROM's a totally new experience. Parts of the place that used to bore me -- the European Galleries, for example -- are suddenly absorbing. Past the suits of armor (frequented by young men, you'll find) are all sorts of interesting things, like gorgeous deco furniture to extensive displays of coloured glass and other kitchenware. I saw a small glass jug literally identical to a Salvation Army one I found a few weeks ago. Seriously. It was like the ROM was justifying my very existence. (Are my pursuits legitimate? Um, the ROM thinks so, thankyouverymuch.)
Upstairs is something completely new: the Patricia Harris Gallery of Textiles and Costume. It's not exactly packed with stuff, but there are some nice quilts and fashion history pieces that I enjoyed.
Even the Natural History Galleries appeal more than they used to thanks to the Earth's Treasures area, devoted to all manner of rocks, minerals and gemstones. The area includes jewelery, a lot of what's currently on display having come from one Rose Torno, whose husband used to be on ROM board or something and was obviously into the big-time bling.
And yes, they still have the dinosaurs. Go! Go now. At more than $20 per person, per visit, it's not cheap, but I was pleasantly surprised.
*Jasperware photo by Rebecca Partington.