The first thing that strikes you as you enter the Royal Ontario Museum is the wonderful entrance: a huge, modern structure that is impossible to miss. The museum, also known as the ROM, is full of contrasts between the old and the new. It has a large collection of art and antiquities from various cultures, and for me, the highlight was definitely the collection of Egyptian and Chinese pieces. But it's also the ideal place to learn about Canada's history and culture. A full morning will be enough time to go around and enjoy this museum. Tip: don't miss a visit to the bird room, where you can see a huge albatross.
The Bata Shoe Museum is a unique museum. It's not big, but there's plenty to see. Whether you're a shoe obsessive or not, it's an interesting place to visit, because here you'll find the history of the shoe, as well as some truly bizarre pieces - Elton John's platforms, shoes worn by Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Judy Garland, and many more celebrities. You can also learn the history of sports shoes and get information from the biggest brands, with some trainers on display that were designed and used by sports stars. Be sure to take a look at the strange medieval footwear on display. Tip: This museum is located a couple of blocks from the ROM and if you plan well, you can visit both in one day.