Adult Programs

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 exclusive guided 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 in Theatre Rotunda
12:30 pm - 1:15 pm              Guided Access to New and Exciting Exhibits!

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, October 29

Around the World with Rocks

Moving 22,000 rocks and minerals from Bangkok, Thailand to the ROM is not for the faint at heart! From the exciting renovations taking place behind the scenes to the adventures getting this large collection half-way around the world, hear about this newly acquired collection at the ROM with ROM Rock-star Kim Tait.

Speaker:  Dr Kim Tait


Thursday, November 12

Riverdale: East of the Don

In its first 50 years, the city of Toronto changed from a rough settlement to a booming city with a voracious appetite for land. Riverdale: East of the Don celebrates the history of one neighbourhood through the stories of some of Toronto's founding families, against a backdrop of major international events. From the American Revolution and the War of 1812, to the waves of immigration that made Riverdale one of Toronto's most diverse areas, historian Elizabeth Muir explores the history of this iconic Toronto neighbourhood.

This ROM Daytime lecture is presented in partnership with ROM Friends of Canadian Collections.

Speaker:  Dr Elizabeth Muir


Thursday, November 26

Modern Pompeii

Speaker:  Professor Massimo Osanna


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


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


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 a Canadian WPY 2015 award winner as a special guest and Dave Ireland, Managing Director of the ROM Centre of Discovery, Biodiversity.

Speakers:  Dave Ireland and a Canadian WPY 2015 Award Winner


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


Date & Time

  • Thursdays, once or twice a month.


  • Thursday, October 29, 2015
    11:00 am - 1:15 pm
  • Thursday, November 12, 2015
    11:00 am - 1:15 pm
  • Thursday, November 26, 2015
    11:00 am - 1:15 pm
  • 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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