Samuel European Galleries | Level 3

The legacy of European style through the ages.

From the Middle Ages to the 20th century, Europe witnessed agricultural, social, economic and industrial innovation that would change how Europeans lived, worked, and viewed with the world around them.

Examine the influence these changes had through the lens of decorative arts development in central and Western Europe. Walk among period rooms and vignettes, including those of the Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, Neoclassical, and Victorian periods, and discover the different stylistic signatures of each.

The ROM's renowned European collections bear witness to the legacy of European style with objects prized for their beauty, rarity, and cultural importance. An entire wing in the gallery is dedicated to displays that provide a context for specialized collections themed to Culture & Context, Judaica, Art Deco and a ROM favourite – Arms and Armour.

About the Gallery


Over 4,600 objects in specialized presentations chronicle the development and progression of decorative and other arts of Europe. The decorative arts of the United States and Russia are also included.


Present-day Western and Central Europe.


Approximately AD 1100 – 2000.

ROM Staff

Lisa Golombek

Curator Emeritus (Islamic Art) Retired

Dr. Chen Shen, Vice President, Senior Curator, Bishop White Chair of East Asian Archaeology

Vice President, Senior Curator (Bishop White Chair of East Asian Archaeology)

Authored by: Noman Siddiqui