The thing is, the ROM is really expensive. Really, really expensive. And it sort of makes me mad. I've been to Europe, okay? I know how this museum thing is supposed to work.
But I like the ROM and when Craig and Leah wanted to see the Terracotta Warriors, I thought... "why not?" Until, that is, I realized that it was going to cost Nathan and I $62 to do so. That's $31 each. The $24 for general admission and the extra $7 for admission to the Warriors exhibit.
I know that $62 isn't a big deal for a lot of people, but it irked me. It's just too much. Luckily, my sister told me about a deal to save the say: the Sun Life Financial Museum and Arts Pass from the Toronto Public Library .
Basically, if you stand in line first thing on Saturday morning at a participating branch of the TPL, you may be able to get your hands on a free pass for you and your family (2 adults & up to 4 children) to visit places like the ROM or the Zoo for free.
That's right, free.
So. Nathan got up at the crack of dawn last Saturday and went over the Dufferin & Eglinton branch to hook us up. There was a line, but he managed to get a pass, and we managed to visit the ROM for a grand total of $14 (because special exhibits like the Terracotta Warriors aren't covered by the pass).
The Warriors kind of sucked, frankly. I was pretty disappointed by the exhibit. And had I had to pay $62 to see it, I would have been enraged. Luckily, thanks to the Library pass, I was merely irritated.
I was also depressed. Because passes like this shouldn't even be necessary. The freakin' museum should be free!
The rest of the museum was great, as always.
Here are some highlights:
Retrospective on the contemporary art of Ghanaian artist El Anatsui. Exhibit: When I last wrote to you about Africa. This massive "cloth" panel is made of metal. Like bottle caps and stuff. It's really beautiful.
Just don't pay full price.