Family Programs

International Archaeology Day at the ROM!

All over the world institutions are hosting events to celebrate the Archaeological Institute of America’s International Archaeology Day on October 19th 2013
Join us at the ROM and take part too! 

Explore archaeology around the world, through hands-on activities, crafts, ancient objects, and more! Experts from the ROM and other organizations will share how archaeologists excavate, the kinds of artifacts they discover, and how they study them in the lab. Learn about ongoing research projects. Play-test brand-new video games created at the ROM that will bring the ancient world to life.

The ROM's entry in International Archaeology Day is supported by the Government of Greece and the Archaeological Institute of America.

Program Lineup

Today’s Parent Discovery Activity Stations
(Canada Court, Level 1)

Don a pair of goggles, learn what is and isn't an artifact and try your hand at archaeology. Uncover and record buried treasure in this hand-on activity area. A part of Fall Discovery Corners series.

ROM Game Jam: Ancient Arcade
(Canada Court, Level 1)

In August the ROM hosted a three day Game Jam for video game developers. For International Archaeology Day the public is invited to play-test the result of the jam by playing the video games inspired by the ROM's own Ancient Culture Galleries.

American Institute of Archaeology Activity Station
(Currelly Gallery, Level 1)

Meet and learn from American Institute of Archaeology archaeologists, as well as create your own Ancient Greece inspired masks and more!

Meet an Archaeologist
(Currelly Gallery, Level 1)

Learn about the ROM's rich history and archaeology from some of our very own archaeologists!

  • 11AM to 1PM: Paul Denis, Associate Curator (Greek & Roman)
  • 1PM to 3PM: Kate Cooper, Rebanks Research Fellow in Classical Archaeology
  • 11AM to 3PM: Dan Rahimi, ROM Vice President, Programs, and Archaeologist

Archaeology from Around the World
(Currelly Gallery, Level 1)

Learn about archaeology from across the globe! Meet archaeologists from the ROM, Archaeological Services Inc., Ontario Archaeological Society, and the University of Toronto!

Out of the Vaults—Toronto’s Archaeological Past
(Currelly Gallery, Level 1)

Meet ROM archaeologist April Hawkins, and discover objects from ancient Toronto not usually on display!

(Currelly Gallery, Level 1)

War of 1812 Field Hospital: Dr Dunnfore
Demonstration of how a field doctor would have worked at the time of the War 1812.  Visitors can interact with Dr Dunfore and see his clothing, tools and techniques.

United Empire Loyalists and The American Revolutionary War
Reenactors will explain how and why United Empire Loyalists emigrated to what is now Ontario after the American Revolutionary War. Many were forced from their homes and after peace was concluded, these soldiers and their families moved north to become some of Ontario’s earliest settlers.

Soldiers will be dressed in period clothing and showing off replica weapons.

Check out what we did at previous archaeology themed events below!

Free. Included with Museum Admission.


Royal Ontario Museum
Samuel Hall Currelly Gallery (Level 1)
Canada Court (Level 1)

Bloor Street (main entrance)



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