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

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Long time Dungeons & Dragons instructor Daniel Kwan teaching in the European Gallery.

Learn about legends, monsters, scrolls, and weapons from the actual cultures and artifacts upon which Dungeons & Dragons-style games are based. Use your imagination to bring it all to life while playing an on-going campaign in the ROM-inspired D&D world of Elaran. Create characters, strategize, and try to stay on the Dungeon Master’s good side!

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Buzz around the Museum in Science Safari!

Go wild as you investigate the puzzling properties of water, the gravity defying fancies of flight, or the many special ways animals sense their surroundings. Try experiments, create you own gallery-inspired art, and go on a Science Safari of the ROM.

Meet the Instructor: Sarah-Rachel Camerino

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Will teaches his group about the origins of drama and theatre, as they get ready to film!

Take a story idea from concept to finished flick in this crash course on film and video technique. You’ll learn about script writing, storyboards, acting, and cinematography – just like the pros. An effective mix of film theory, appreciation and hands-on practice will have you calling the shots in no time.

Meet the Instructor: Will Thorlakson