Family Programs

International Archaeology Day

Ancient Greece, Canadian Art, Dinosaurs, and Wildlife Photography - each week ROM experts take one theme and run with it! Included with Museum admission.

All over the world institutions are hosting events to celebrate the Archaeological Institute of America’s International Archaeology Day on October 18th 2014.  Join us at the ROM and take part too!

Explore archaeology around the world, through hands-on activities, crafts, ancient objects, and more! Experts from the ROM and other organizations will share how archaeologists excavate, the kinds of artifacts they discover, and how they study them in the lab!

  • Included with Museum Admission. Activities 11AM - 3PM unless otherwise noted.
  • All activities take place in the Currelly Gallery located on Level 1, unless otherwise noted.

Special Guests!

United Empire Loyalists and The American Revolutionary War

United Empire Loyalists and The American Revolutionary War
Located in Hyacinth Gloria Chen Crystal Court (Level 1)
Reenactors will explain how and why United Empire Loyalists emigrated to what is now Ontario after the American Revolutionary War. Many were forced from their homes and after peace was concluded, these soldiers and their families moved north to become some of Ontario’s earliest settlers.

April Hawkins talks Toronto Underfoot
Located in the the Rotunda (Level 1)
Meet ROM Archaeologist April Hawkins and experience her brand new display "Toronto Underfoot." "Toronto Underfoot" explores 10,000 years of history through artifacts found all over our city! April will have out rarely seen specimens from the collections and be on hand to talk about our amazing city's past!

Also meet:

  • Paul Denis, Associate Curator (Greek, Etruscan, Roman & Byzantine)
    From 1PM to 3PM in Chen Court (Level 1)
  • Daniel KwanArchaeological Technology
    From 1PM to 3PM in the China Gallery (Level 1)

Archaeological Services Inc.

  • Archaeological Services Inc.
    Located in the the Rotunda (Level 1)
    The province's largest cultural heritage firm, Archaeological Services Inc., is bringing four collections of objects found on different sites from their downtown Toronto excavations: The Toronto General Hospital site (King and John), the Bishop's Block site (University and Adelaide), the Lowry-Hannon site (Bathurst and Adelaide) and the New Fort site (Exhibition Place). They will also have children's activities set up and a Guess The Artifact game!
  • Ontario Archaeological Society
    Located in the the Rotunda (Level 1)
    The Ontario Archaeological Society (OAS) will be on hand to discuss the province's archaeological record, the OAS organization and what to do if you find an artifact. They will also have their teaching collection available for visitors, displaying unique interesting artifacts from across Ontario. Professional Ontario archaeologists will be ready to answer any and all questions you may have!

Our cave art inspired project for the day!
"Cave" Painting
One of the earliest clues we have into the lives of early humans are the many cave paintings that archaeologists have uncovered over the years. Learn about some of the materials they used to produce these early masterpieces. Then be inspired by some of their images and create a painting of your own.

Early Learners Lounge (Classroom 3, Level 1)
The Early Learners Lounge is an under 5 family lounge that provides a quiet space for families to rest, nurse, change diapers and play!

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  • Saturday, October 18, 2014
    11:00 am - 3:00 pm



Included with Museum Admission. Activities 11 am - 3 pm

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