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TORONTO: AN HISTORICAL SKETCH

 

But one building remains to be mentioned, the most interesting of them all. This is the University Museum, of which at present only the west wing is finished, on Bloor Street, east of McMaster Hall. It is to be completed ultimately by adding the front on Bloor Street and an eastern wing on Avenue Road, opposite the Department of Household Science and Annesley Hall. The museum owes much to private benefactions and is partly supported by the Province. It contains a great variety of collections and is admirably arranged to show the evolution in the progress of civilization. Egyptian and American antiquities are especially well represented. Lovers of the red man should not fail to see the Paul Peel collection of paintings in the west hall of the main building. To members of the Congress the main interest, of course, will be in the mineralogical and geological or paleontological specimens, of which detailed accounts will be found elsewhere in this handbook.

Members who take an interest in the flora of Toronto and its vicinity will find an article on that subject also. It may be added here for their benefit that the Department of Botany and the Faculty of Forestry have their home together on the east side of the Queen's park, on the south corner of Grosvenor Street. The park itself has very beautiful flower-beds, but the most charming sights of this kind are to be seen in some of the private gardens of Rosedale, on the slopes in the neighbourhood of the new Government House.

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