ROM Ancient Cultures

From early human ancestors in China to the technological innovations of Mesopotamia to the global economy of ancient Rome, ancient cultures help us understand the diversity of human experience.ROM archaeologists excavate around the world. Back at the museum, our staff analyze and conserve the ROM’s artifact collections. And our broader community of archaeology enthusiasts and experts share insight and data globally. How can information about past cultures help us understand our present world and plan for the future? Get involved and be part of the conversation!

ROM Ancient Cultures explores the civilizations of the past and their relevance today.


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Mounted Burial Figures (moulded earthenware, hand-made components), Western Han Dynasty, China, 206 - 100 BC

Biodiversity and ancient cultures collide as we explore how people have expressed the world around them in ceramics throughout history. Using everything from simple coils to sophisticated decorating methods, you’ll have the chance to put your creativity to work as you let the ROM's galleries inspire your own clay creations.

Taught by Sam Laforet

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Pendent, Dragon form (Jade), Zhou Dynasty, China, 5th century BC

Prepare for an adventure of mythical proportions. From fire breathing dragons and fickle fairies, to heroic adventurers and sneaky tricksters, you’ll discover the ancient origins of your favourite myths, monsters, and more. Match wits with a Minotaur, make a protective amulet, and reveal the secrets of the ancient Egyptian underworld. Astounding tales, amazing feats and inspiration abounds for your own legendary stories, artwork, and games.

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Young girl trying on medieval armour.

Spend your spring days caught in a time warp. Climb into your time machine and discover a few billion years of history right under your nose!  Colourful collages and dazzling drawings will help you to capture each day’s voyage. Whether you’re donning a helmet and shield for a gallant tournament or treading in the footprints of a mighty Maiasaur, after this adventure, the twenty-first century will seem rather dull.