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 a lesson in the Ancient Greece 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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Time Warp will be inspired by the colourful world of CHIHULY!

Spend your fall days caught in a time warp! Climb into your time machine and discover a few billion years of history right under your nose!  Colourful collages and dazzling drawings will help you to capture each day’s voyage. Whether you’re donning a helmet and shield for a gallant tournament or treading in the footprints of a mighty Maiasaur, after this adventure, the twenty-first century will seem rather dull.

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ROM Daytime

Free with Museum Admission, ROM Daytime brings experts in the fields of archaeology, natural history, biodiversity, world art and contemporary culture to share new discoveries, amazing artifacts and cutting edge science in a fascinating series of daytime lectures.  Lectures are followed by a short reception with coffee, tea and treats, and access to some of the ROM's newest exhibits!