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 representing the entire sweep of human history. 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. ROM research examines the complex and fascinating histories of different times and places, and to relate these explorations to our contemporary experience.

ROM World Art & Culture explores millennia of visual arts and material culture.

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Category: Event
Ancient building with tourists exploring outside.

Awesome sites, stunning landscape, rich culture, fascinating history, delectable cuisine, exotic shopping….Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam has it all.  Join Sara Irwin, the past manager of ROM's Asian collections, on this unforgettable journey across three enchanting nations proclaimed by the French in 1887 as “Indochine”.  

Category: Blog Post
Illustration of a lantern.

Diwali is celebrated by over one billion Hindus, Sikhs, and Jains (and their friends!) in South Asia and among the South Asian Diaspora; it is an official holiday in: Fiji, Guyana, India, Mauritius, Malaysia, Nepal, Singapore, Suriname, Sri Lanka, and Trinidad and Tobago!  Popularly and affectionately known as the ‘festival of lights,’ at Diwali it is customary to light diyas--small lamps--before the darkness of night approaches. Brass or other beautiful lamps...

Category: Blog Post
Image of a visitor taking a photo on a smartphone

/Photos from our second #emptyROM tour on October 28th, 2015