ROM Community Access Network (ROMCAN)
Since 2008 the Royal Ontario Museum's Community Access Network (ROMCAN) has strived to make the Museum accessible to everyone. We achieve this goal through providing free Museum tickets or direct access to communities and individuals who may not otherwise visit the Museum.
The ROMCAN initiative is an important part of the ROM mandate to make its collections “known to the public.” Programs like ROMCAN help to eliminate financial, social and cultural barriers that might otherwise stand between the community and the Museum. Through our partnerships with over 40 non-profit community organizations in the Greater Toronto Area we are unlocking the ROM’s power to engage, share and inspire, and extending the Museum’s reach to a greater diversity of visitors.
How does it work?
Every year, thousands of general admission tickets to the ROM are distributed through participating community and charitable organizations to communities in need. The communities that receive ROMCAN tickets include:
- New Canadians,
- Underserved/underrepresented/racialized youth
- Families & children living in poverty
- Persons with disabilities and the Deaf community
- Survivors of violence against women
- Kids with life-threatening medical conditions
- Seniors at risk
- Students (via the Free Tuesdays for Post-Secondary Students Program)
- At-risk indigenous youth
To learn more about these participating organizations read our Community Partner Profiles.
How can I participate in this program?
To take advantage of this part of the program interested parties must be a client of one of the member organizations under the ROMCAN program. If you are not a client of one of these organizations, you may still be able to submit an application. Please consult the terms and conditions here.
Please fill out the application form and submit to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that, depending on your browser, you may have to download the form before filling it out. For more information, contact us at email@example.com.
What other programs are under ROMCAN?
Free Tuesdays for Post-Secondary Students
ROMCAN also provides free general admission for all full-time students attending a post-secondary institution in Canada on Tuesdays. This offer is for one ticket per student and we ask that students please present their current student card with picture ID.
*Please note that admission to special exhibitions are subject to a surcharge.
New Canadian Citizens Cultural Access Pass Program
The Cultural Access Pass program (CAP) exposes new citizens to a wide range of cultural experiences through complimentary access to participating cultural institutions, such as the ROM.
The Institute for Canadian Citizenship administers the CAP program by providing new Canadians (18 years of age or older) and up to four of their dependant minors with complimentary general admission to the ROM for one year from the day they receive their Canadian Citizenship.
* Excludes separately priced exhibitions and special ticketed events.
Sun Life Financial Museum + Arts Pass
The Sun Life Financial Museum + Arts Pass (MAP) allows members of the Community of Toronto and their families (2 adults & up to 2 children) explore the Museum for free. By presenting a valid adult Toronto Public Library card members of the Toronto community may obtain a pass at select Toronto Public Library branches.
*Pass excludes Family Day weekend, March Break and ROM for the Holidays, separately priced exhibitions and special ticketed events.