UPDATED: “Fantastic Beasts: The Wonder of Nature” Coming to Toronto’s Royal Ontario Museum This Summer
Fans of the Wizarding World in Toronto, Canada, will soon have more than just a production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child to enjoy. The exhibition Fantastic Beasts: The Wonder of Nature will be coming to the Royal Ontario Museum (also known as the ROM) this summer, it has been announced. We previously reviewed The Wonder of Nature when it began its run at the Natural History Museum in London, England, and its companion documentary, Fantastic Beasts: A Natural History, will premiere on BBC One on February 27.
The news of the Canadian arrival of Fantastic Beasts: The Wonder of Nature was posted to Instagram by the official Wizarding World account.
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According to the post, Fantastic Beasts: The Wonder of Nature will have its run at the ROM from June 11, 2022, to January 2, 2023.
Also in Toronto, the upcoming home of the city’s production of Cursed Child has been undergoing some magical renovations. CBC News and the Globe and Mail have both covered the changes made to the CAA Ed Mirvish Theatre ahead of Cursed Child‘s opening on May 31. Meanwhile, in Kingston, Ontario, an unofficial Harry Potter-inspired escape room has opened for fans to enjoy.
Are you looking forward to seeing more of a Wizarding World presence in Toronto? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
UPDATE (April 8):
Tickets for Fantastic Beasts: The Wonder of Nature at the Royal Ontario Museum will go on sale to the public on May 5. Members can get advance access to tickets for free on April 27 and early access to preview the exhibition on June 10 and June 11.
The exhibition wrapped up its stay in London in January, having attracted 135,000 visitors since its opening in December 2020. Dr. Douglas Gurr, director of London’s Natural History Museum, expressed his excitement at passing the exhibition on to a new location:
Visitors in London truly loved Fantastic Beasts: The Wonder of Nature, and we are delighted that ROM will be the next venue on the exhibition’s global tour. For an exhibition that has been a hugely successful collaboration between many partners, it seems only fitting to be working alongside yet another wonderful institution.
Dr. Kevin Seymour, a vertebrate paleontologist and the curator for the ROM engagement of Fantastic Beasts: The Wonder of Nature, enthused over the exhibit’s importance:
The natural world around us is both familiar and exotic, from the beginning of life on Earth through eons of evolution and extinction. As we study and learn more about nature, we can connect this knowledge with past myths about some incredible living creatures. For visitors, the exhibition beautifully combines the kind of work we do at ROM while also firing our imagination about truly magical, mythical creatures.