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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A group of campers practice battle techniques from centuries past.

From arms and armour to daily life, the knights of the museum are more than meets the eye.  Experience the day-to-day activities and the rigorous training a knight would endure during the Middle Ages. Jousting in tournaments, slaying dragons, all while wearing armour, are just some of the stories you will learn from the Knights of the Museum!

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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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ROMKids instructor teaches his campers in the Ancient Rome Gallery,

What can we discover from a fallen city? Why, just about anything! From daily life to their untimely demise, the relics and ruins of ancient civilizations are some of history's greatest treasures. Get your hands on relics like ancient inventions and weapons of war that made Egypt, Rome and Byzantium some of the world's greatest empires, before exploring their ruins to uncover the mystery of their final fall.