Adult Programs

ROM Daytime

ROM Daytime is a must attend event!

Free with Museum Admission, this series brings experts in the fields of archaeology, natural history, biodiversity, world art and contemporary culture to share new discoveries, amazing artifacts and cutting edge science in a fascinating series of Daytime lectures.

Lectures are followed by a short reception with coffee and treats, and exclusive guided access to some of the ROM's newest exhibits!

11:00 am - 12:00 pm Lecture in Eaton Theatre

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Tea & Coffee in Theatre Rotunda

12:30 pm - 1:15 pm Guided Access to new and exciting exhibits!

Note: Assistive listening devices and ASL interpretation are available on request. ASL interpretation requires three weeks advance notice.


Thursday, September 10

 Made in China: Cultural Encounters Through Export Art

Explore the history of China and the west through the ROM's newest exhibit. With a display of near 100 artifacts that were once a part of export art enthusiastically consumed by 18th and 19th century Europeans and North Americans, Made in China: Culture Encounters through Export Art reveals a vigorous history of export trade centered in the port city Canton (now Guangzhou).

Speaker: Dr Jianfei He


Thursday, September 24

The First Animals: Canada's Ancient Origins

Spectacular fossil finds in the Canadian Rockies provide a rare glimpse into some of the first animals that lived on our planet more than half a billion years ago. Come and meet your most distant relatives and learn about the origin of our modern ecosystems.

Thursday, October 29

Around the World with Rocks

Moving 22,000 rocks and minerals from Bangkok, Thailand to the ROM is not for the faint at heart! From the exciting renovations taking place behind the scenes to the adventures getting this large collection half-way around the world, hear about this newly acquired collection at the ROM with ROM Rock-star Kim Tait.

Speaker: Dr Kim Tait


Thursday, November 12

Riverdale: East of the Don

In its first 50 years, the city of Toronto changed from a rough settlement to a booming city with a voracious appetite for land. Riverdale: East of the Don celebrates the history of one neighbourhood through the stories of some of Toronto's founding families, against a backdrop of major international events. From the American Revolution and the War of 1812, to the waves of immigration that made Riverdale one of Toronto's most diverse areas, historian Elizabeth Muir explores the history of this iconic Toronto neighbourhood.
This ROMDaytime lecture is presented in partnership with ROM Friends of Canadian Collections

Speaker: Dr Elizabeth Muir


Save the Date for these upcoming ROM Daytime Talks!

November 26 - Modern Pompeii

December 10 - A Transnational History of Japanese Prints: the Inuit-Japan Exchange of the 1950s
This ROM Daytime lecture is presented in partnership with ROM Bishop White Committee.

January 14 - Preparation and Installation of Exhibitions in the Patricia Harris Gallery of Textiles and Costume
This ROM Daytime lecture is presented in partnership with ROM Friends of Textiles & Costume.

January 28 - Wild Images
Discover the new and innovative ways ROM scientists and curators are using visual communication to present their research. Featuring stunning imagery from recent ROM field trips to Sri Lanka, Northern Ontario, and Northern Manitoba as well as an exclusive update on our Blue Whale recovery project, this lecture takes you through the fascinating world of Museum exploration. Then, come along for a guided visit to Wildlife Photographer of the Year, with a Canadian WPY 2015 award winner as a special guest and Dave Ireland, Managing Director of the ROM Centre of Discovery, Biodiversity.

February 11- Le Mozart Noir
This ROM Daytime lecture is presented in partnership with Tafelmusik.

February 25 - Canadian Editorial Cartoons


Lectures are subject to change.

Date & Time

  • Thursdays, once or twice a month.


  • Thursday, September 10, 2015
    11:00 am - 1:15 pm
  • Thursday, September 24, 2015
    11:00 am - 1:15 pm
  • Thursday, October 29, 2015
    11:00 am - 1:15 pm
  • Thursday, November 12, 2015
    11:00 am - 1:15 pm


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American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation is available for all ROM lectures with at least three weeks advance notice.  Please, email to request the service.

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