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.


What's New

Category: Exhibition
Detail of illustrated manuscript.

Celebrating a century of collecting at the Royal Ontario Museum.

Category: Video
Museum Diaries

This episode of Museum Diaries, airing on TVO, follows the ROM's curators and technicians from the World Cultures department as they constantly research the pedigree of every piece that is presented in the ROM. MD bears witness to the techniques that a select group Conservators and Technicians use to reveal the authenticity of artifacts. While some fakes are easy to detect, others have been masterfully disguised that they've become iconic in their own fake right.

Category: Video
Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China's Emperors

See it at the Royal Ontario Museum until September 1, 2014.

For over 500 years, the gates of the world's largest imperial palace were closed to all but the emperor, his family and servants. This stunning new exhibition invites you to cross the threshold to see over 200 national treasures from Beijing's Palace Museum -- some travelling outside China for the first time.

Presented by: The Robert H. N. Ho Foundation
Lead Sponsor: Manulife