Behind the Scenes Tour of the Royal Ontario Museum

  1. Himalayan Paintings

    Led by Dr. Sarah Richardson (University of Toronto Mississauga and Departmental Associate, Royal Ontario Museum)
    Explore some of the Tibetan and Sino-Tibetan Thangka paintings collected by the ROM in the early 20th century. This collection includes Thangka paintings produced from the 15th to the 20th centuries, and this session will give participants an opportunity to get up close to these paintings in the collection storage rooms, and take a look at some of their minute details. Learn about the history of this collection, some of the conservation and storage concerns that the museum continues to address, and plans for their inclusion in a future exhibition.

    The maximum group size is 20.

  2. The Art of Gandhara

    Led by David Jongeward (Independent Scholar and Departmental Associate, Royal Ontario Museum)
    Explore the breadth of ROM’s well-known Gandharan collection, how and when these items came into the collection, and the commonly published pieces. We’ll focus on three or four works for further discussion and examination of their stylistic and iconographic details, especially a rare standing figure identified as Siddhartha.

    The maximum group size is 20.

  3. Early Burmese Photographs

    Led by Dr. Deepali Dewan (Senior Curator, Royal Ontario Museum) and Ron Graham (Independent Scholar)
    Explore a recently acquired collection of documents and early photographs of Burma associated with the first British Agent in Upper Burma, Clement Williams, and his nephew Louis Allan Goss, often considered the father of Burmese language studies. We will look at unpublished early photographs of Burma prior to British rule and consider how the intersection of politics, trade, and photography proved fertile ground for the production of knowledge about religion and language in an emerging Burmese Studies.

    The maximum group size is 20.


Begin: 14:00 End: 16:00

Departure Address: Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queens Park, Toronto, ON  M5S2C6, staff entrance (located on south side of building, by Museum Subway)

Please book your excursion here.


Bicycle Tour on Toronto Islands

This bicycle tour begins with a ferry ride across the harbour, and allows you to bike in the car free neighbourhood of the eastern Islands, and visit landmarks such as the Royal Canadian Yacht Club and the Gibraltar Point Lighthouse. You will be able to enjoy the scenery, parks, beaches, lake, and cottages, while hearing about the islands history. As this is a twilight tour, you will be able to view the sunset and enjoy the Toronto skyline as it lights up for the night while experiencing the serenity of the islands after dusk. The fee incudes a bicycle with lights, helmet, vest, water, a ferry ticket, snacks, and a tour guide. This activity was ranked as the #1 outdoor activity in Toronto on TripAdvisor.


Begin: 17:30 End: 21:00

Departure Address: 275 Dundas St. W

Please book your excursion here.


Buddhist Practice and Hospitality: Visit to the Fo Guang Shan Temple of Toronto

This visit to the Fo Guang Shan Temple of Toronto will depart at 15:30 and after arriving at 16:30, will include a number of different activities and events, such as an exhibition of Venerable Master Hsing Yun’s “One Stroke Calligraphy,” and Tea Chán, and Chinese calligraphy, the copying of sūtras. At 18:30 the temple will treat you to a vegetarian dinner, and before departing at 20:00, you can experience a light offering ceremony at 19:50.


Begin: 15:30 End: 20:00

Departure and Return Address: Conference Venue, Bahen Centre, 40 St. George Street
Venue: Fo Guang Shan Temple of Toronto, 6525 Millcreek Drive, Mississauga

Please book your excursion in person on site at the conference venue registration counter.


Niagara Falls Tour

This 7 hour guided tour includes visits to the world famous Niagara Falls, the historic town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, and wine tasting at nearby wineries. The tour departs from the university on a tour bus, and begins with a fully guided tour of Niagara Falls, continuing with a drive up the scenic Niagara Parkway, visiting the Niagara wine region and sampling some complementary local wines, and finishing with a visit to the beautiful area of Niagara-on-the-Lake.



Begin: 13:30 End: 22:00

Departure and Return Address: Conference Venue, Bahen Centre, 40 St. George Street

Please book your excursion here.


Toronto Boat Cruise

This three hour Toronto harbour boat cruise on the 165’ three-masted schooner, Kajama, allows you to sit back and relax while viewing Toronto from the calm waters of Lake Ontario. Food is served on the schooner, and it also features a fully licensed bar. The first half hour of boarding allows you to explore throughout the tall ship. For the next hour and a half the schooner ventures out into the lake and you will have the opportunity to raise the sails and witness the firing of a cannon.


Begin: 15:30 End: 17:30

Departure and Return Address: The Tall Ship Kajama, 235 Queens Quay W

Please book your excursion here.


The deadline for all excursion bookings is Tuesday, August 22, 2017.


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