ROM World Art & Culture

The ROM is home to one of the world’s most extensive and eclectic collections of art and other cultural and historical objects. The scale of our collection is enormous, with tens of thousands of artifacts from the Cradle of Civilization in the Fertile Crescent, where the Tigris and Euphrates rivers meet, ancient Cycladic, Minoan and Mycenaean cultures, Classical Greece, Ancient Rome, Byzantium, ancient China Japan, Korea, South Asian and more contemporary eras. In a phrase, the entire sweep of human history. A unique portal for understanding human thought and experience globally, the Centre of Discovery for World Art & Culture offers a view of the world through the lens of millennia of visual arts and material culture.

As the product of human invention, the fine arts and design in various media, popular arts, functional objects and the built environment are a direct extension of human thought and experience, shaping and reflecting historical and cultural identities. The work of the Centre is to engage our visitors and help you examine the complex and fascinating histories of different regions and different epochs, and to relate these explorations to our contemporary experience.


ROM Staff

Curator (African Cultures)

Assistant Curator (Retired)

Kenneth Lister

Assistant Curator (Arctic, Subarctic & Native Watercraft)

Research Projects

Jawaharlal Nehru (1889-1964), by Photo Service Company, silver gelatin developing-out paper, New Delhi, India, ca. 1950, 2010.68.81. This purchase was made possible with the generous support of the South Asia Research and Acquisition Fund.
This project is an attempt to write a history of photography in India
Excavation scene at Meroe, Sudan, Africa, 2001
Excavation, conservation and restoration of the capital of Kush
Wuzhu coins of the Han Dynasty, 206 BC – AD 220 (926., Spade-shape coin of the Eastern Zhou Dynasty, 771 - 221 BC (926., Kangxi Tongbao coin of the Qing Dynasty, AD 1644 - 1911 (926.
The ROM is one of few museums in the world with a collection of compr
Bhadariji Devarajaji, by Ghasiram Hardev Sharma (1868 –1930), New Haveli, Nathdwara, Rajasthan, India, c. 1890s, Opaque watercolour, silver, and gold on albumen print, 2010.42.6. This acquisition was made possible with generous support from the South Asia Research and Acquisition Fund.
This project examines an important genre of South Asian photography
Excavating the Longyadong cave site in 1997
Lower Palaeolithic settlement of the Middle Pleistocene