Talks & Performances

ROM Daytime

Free with Museum Admission, ROM Daytime brings experts in the fields of archaeology, natural history, biodiversity, world art and contemporary culture to share new discoveries, amazing artifacts and cutting edge science in a fascinating series of daytime lectures.

Lectures are followed by a short reception with coffee and treats, and access to some of the ROM's newest exhibits!

11:00 am - 12:00 pm            Lecture in Eaton Theatre
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm              Tea, Coffee & Treats in Theatre Rotunda
12:30 pm - 1:15 pm              Exhibit Access with Introductory Remarks

Note: Assistive listening devices and ASL interpretation are available on request. ASL interpretation requires three weeks advance notice.

To book a ROM Daytime group visit call  ROM Group Sales at 416.586.5801 (ext 2) or email  For more information on group visits click here.


Thursday, December 10

A Transnational History of Japanese Prints: the Inuit-Japan Exchange of the 1950s

Based on the true story of Canadian artist James Houston, ROM's Asato Ikeda takes you on an intercontinental journey between Canada's Far North and Japan. Explore the artistic exchange between Inuit and Japanese printmakers in the mid-Twentieth Century, and its impact on the history of Japanese woodblock prints.

This ROM Daytime lecture is presented in partnership with ROM Bishop White Committee.

Speaker:  Asato Ikeda  

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Thursday, January 14

Creating Textile and Fashion Exhibits at the ROM

With a focus on the upcoming Asafo Flags exhibition, ROM staff from the Textiles and Fashion and World Cultures Departments will present the many steps undertaken from the initial proposal of an exhibition to the final installation of the textile and fashion artifacts in the Patricia Harris Gallery of Textiles and Costume.

This ROM Daytime lecture is presented in partnership with ROM Friends of Textiles & Costume.

Speakers:  Alexandra Palmer and Silvia Forni

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Thursday, January 28

Wild Images

Discover the new and innovative ways ROM scientists and curators are using visual communication to present their research. Featuring stunning imagery from recent ROM field trips to Sri Lanka, Northern Ontario, and Northern Manitoba as well as an exclusive update on our Blue Whale recovery project, this lecture takes you through the fascinating world of Museum exploration. Then, come along for a guided visit to Wildlife Photographer of the Year, with the overall WPY 2015 award winner, and Canadian, Don Gutoski and Dave Ireland, Managing Director of the ROM Centre of Discovery, Biodiversity.

Speakers:  Dave Ireland and Overall WPY 2015 Award Winner Don Gutoski from London, Ontario

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Thursday, February 11

Le Mozart Noir

Join Tafelmusik's Jeanne Lamon as we screen and celebrate this award-winning film. Le Mozart Noir uncloaks the mystery of Joseph Boulogne, Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges, a black musician from the 18th century whose work has fallen into neglect due to the prejudices of history.

This ROM Daytime lecture is presented in partnership with Tafelmusik.

Speaker:  Jeanne Lamon


Thursday, February 25

Editorial Cartoons

Celebrate the ROM’s newly exhibited collection of Canadian editorial cartoons with curator Arlene Gehmacher.

Speaker:  Arlene Gehmacher

Lectures are subject to change.


Past ROM Daytime Lectures

Thursday, September 10
Made in China: Cultural Encounters Through Export Art
Speaker:  Dr Jianfei He

Thursday, September 24
The First Animals: Canada's Ancient Origins
Speaker:  Dr Jean-Bernard Caron

Thursday, October 29
Around the World with Rocks
Speaker:  Kim Tait

Thursday, November 12
Riverdale: East of the Don
Speaker:  Dr Elizabeth Muir

Thursday, November 26
Modern Pompeii
Speaker:  Professor Massimo Osanna 

Date & Time

  • Thursdays, once or twice a month.


  • Thursday, December 10, 2015
    11:00 am - 1:15 pm
  • Thursday, January 14, 2016
    11:00 am - 1:15 pm
  • Thursday, January 28, 2016
    11:00 am - 1:15 pm
  • Thursday, February 11, 2016
    11:00 am - 1:15 pm
  • Thursday, February 25, 2016
    11:00 am - 1:15 pm


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American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation is available for all ROM lectures with at least three weeks advance notice.  Please, email to request the service.

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