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

The Challenge of Building a National Museum
Join Lonnie G. Bunch III as he explores how the National Museum of African American History and Culture will help the Smithsonian transition from a 19th century institution to a 21st century enterprise.

Category: Event
ROM Speaks Art

Men of Modern Design
Join art historian Martin Eidelberg of Rutgers University as he explores architect Philip Johnson’s campaign to introduce modern German architectural design to North America through innovative exhibitions, both large and small.

Category: Blog Post
Portfolio cover of Sports et divertissements

Toronto based researcher, illustrator and textile artist, Ketzia Sherman, discusses

the ROM Library & Archives' recent acquisition of a rare copy of Sports et divertissements, a musical score by Erik Satie with pochoir illustrations by Charles Martin, hand-coloured by Jules Saudé (Paris: Publications Lucien Vogel, [1923]).