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.

What's New

Category: Video
Museum Diaries

This episode of Museum Diaries, airing on TVO, follows the ROM's curators and technicians from the World Cultures department as they constantly research the pedigree of every piece that is presented in the ROM. MD bears witness to the techniques that a select group Conservators and Technicians use to reveal the authenticity of artifacts. While some fakes are easy to detect, others have been masterfully disguised that they've become iconic in their own fake right.

Category: Blog Post
lava medal

Lava Medals! Who’d of thought? These medals were made between the years of 1631 and 1944, at times of volcanic activity in Mount Vesuvius.


Category: Blog Post

In South Asia during the 16th to early 20th centuries all fashionable young men when visiting their ladies would want to dress at their best. This would include one very necessary dress acessory: the katar. This uniquely South Asian dagger is thought to have developed in the very southern part of what is now India. In the 17th century the type was adopted across South Asia, and became a standard dress accessory in the Mughal courts.