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, tea 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              Coffee, Tea & Treats in Theatre Rotunda
12:30 pm - 1:15 pm              Exhibit Visit 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, June 30, 2016

Chihuly: Art in Context

Dale Chihuly’s body of works hinges on various series encompassing pieces and installations with titles that conjure purely formal kinship, like the Baskets, the Cylinders, Seaforms and Floats, or more unusual, even exotic associations, including the Macchia, Ikebana, Persians, Venetians and Mille Fiori. Like a sculptor, he fashions volumes and employs repetition, assemblage and superposing to create rhythmic visual effects. His most monumental installations share something with environmental art holding their own in city centres, public gardens and museum.  Diane Charbonneau, Guest Curator of the ROM's CHIHULY exhibition and Curator of Modern and Contemporary Decorative Arts at The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, will discuss the work of this celebrated and boundary-breaking artist.

Speaker: Diane Charbonneau



Lectures are subject to change.
ROM Daytime takes a break during the summer and will resume in September.

Past ROM Daytime Lectures

Thursday, January 14, 2016
Creating Textile and Fashion Exhibits at the ROM
Speaker:  Silvia Forni and Chris Paulocik

Thursday, January 28, 2016
Wild Images
Speaker:  Dave Ireland

Thursday, February 11, 2016
Le Mozart Noir
Speakers:  Jeanne Lamon and Fabienne Colas

Thursday, February 25, 2016
Editorial Cartoons
Speaker:  Arlene Gehmacher

Thursday, April 14, 2016
Earth Day: Bird Research and Conservation
Speakers: Emily Rondel and Mark Peck

Thursday, May 12, 2016
Japanese Visual Culture: Gender & Sexual Diversity

Speaker:  Asato Ikeda

Thursday, May 26, 2016
Borneo:  Explorations of Nature and Culture
Speaker:  Chris Darling

Thursday, June 16, 2016
The Real Planet of the Apes: Where did they come from? Where are they going?
Speakers:  Dr. David Begun, with Dr. Shawn Lehman, Jane Goodall Institute of Canada; Travis Steffens, Planet Madagascar; and Dr. Justin Jennings

Upcoming Dates

Thursday, June 30, 2016 | 11:00 - 13:15

Diane Charbonneau, Guest Curator of the ROM's CHIHULY exhibition, will discuss the work of this celebrated and boundary-breaking artist.

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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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