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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Prepare for an adventure of mythical proportions as we set sail on a journey into the world of fictional follies! Dangerous dragons, herculean heroes, and gargantuan gods are what await in this interactive story experience. Travel through Greece, Egypt, China and more as we discover the great myths of the ancient world. Meet the monsters behind the myths, and enter into the most fantastic fables history has to offer.

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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.