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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Try on armour and more as your travel through time with Blast from the Past!

Get ready for an action packed journey to ancient times and places as you participate in a different historical adventure every day! Blast through the past to find yourself walking in the footsteps of dinosaurs, unravelling the mysteries of the pyramids, and reliving life in the Middle-Ages. Stories, art, and drama will help bring the past to life.

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Learn about the history of sculpture, like this funerary statue from China, then create your own.

From ancient monuments to modern abstract design, take a cross-cultural survey of storytelling through sculpture. Put your new understanding to work as you craft unique works of art using stone, wire, clay, and other materials. Experiment with modeling, casting, and carving techniques to bring a favourite Greek myth to life, tell a tale of Egyptian explorers, or convey a Japanese Shinto message of nature’s serenity.

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Learn about dragons from around the world, then face off with them in Dungeons & Dragons!

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!