For two months, twice a year, the Royal Ontario Museum hosts Friday Night Live. The ROM keeps its doors open late and invites in bands, DJs, food vendors, and bartenders to kick off a rocking party throughout its many galleries.
The entrance way is packed and the lines can get pretty long. If you plan on drinking, try to pick up enough drink tickets for the whole night to avoid having to stand in that line again and again. At just $6 each, drinks are a pretty good deal.
Here we are in the entrance, excited to start exploring! The musicians and DJs get the dancing going on the main floor, but we decided to head upstairs first to check out the galleries. Food and drink stations are spread out across the museum so you're free to wander without ever being too far away from refreshments.
Wouldn't you love to pick up a snack under a cool dinosaur skeleton?
Friday Night Live shakes up the traditionally sedate museum-going experience and the quiet galleries come alive with people chatting and making new friends, all while taking in some history. I don't know if I've ever seen the ROM this busy or filled with so much youthful energy. Even though Friday Night Live attracts a younger crowd than the average museum event, it's not just for 20-somethings, people of all ages are there to enjoy the fun.
In this photo we're having very deep intellectual thoughts about palaeontology, mass-extinctions, and whether or not I could fit into a dinosaur belly in one piece.
When else can you learn about rocks and minerals over a glass of whiskey?
Or share a beer with a rhino?
After soaking up some natural history, we decided it was time to hit the crowded dance floor. Last week's theme Africa Alive featured musicians and DJs which, in the words of the ROM, "celebrate African arts and culture." We danced our way through original songs by Adrian X and some house music mixed with Afrobeats by DJ Magic Flowz.
Friday Night Live is a great way to see the ROM in a whole new light, make friends, and get introduced to new musical talents. This fall, the event runs every Friday night until November 28th.The ROM closes its doors at 11pm, so make sure to show up early to take full advantage of the experience. I would also recommend getting tickets in advance to avoid the impossibly long lines and to guarantee entry; once the museum has reached capacity they stop selling tickets entirely.
Tickets are $12 for adults; $10 for student/senior; and FREE for ROM members.
For more information and tickets check out the website here.