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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Legendary in Chinese history, General Zu Dashou was celebrated for his defence of the Ming dynasty against the Manchu invasion. The Tomb of General Zu Dashou (Ming Tomb) now stands in the Gallery of Chinese Architecture and is one of the Museum's iconic objects.

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Registrar Lisa Tillotson from the Nickle Arts Museum in Calgary, describes the challenges of transporting and unpacking a priceless collection from Peru.

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Assistant curator, Ka Bo Tsang highlights the range and versatility of Katsushika Hokusai's work, focusing on a banner and two lanterns created by the preeminent ukiyo-e painter, on display in Drama and Desire: Japanese Paintings from the Floating World 1690 - 1850 (June 3 to August 12, 2007).