ROM World Art & Culture

The ROM is home to one of the world’s most extensive and eclectic collections of art and other cultural and historical objects. The scale of our collection is enormous, with tens of thousands of artifacts representing the entire sweep of human history. As the product of human invention, the fine arts and design in various media, popular arts, functional objects and the built environment are a direct extension of human thought and experience, shaping and reflecting historical and cultural identities. ROM research examines the complex and fascinating histories of different times and places, and to relate these explorations to our contemporary experience.

ROM World Art & Culture explores millennia of visual arts and material culture.

What's New

Category: Exhibition
Hosoda Eisui's "Wakashu with a Shoulder Drum"

May 7, 2016 to November 27, 2016

Four hundred years ago in Japan, male youths, called wakashu, were the objects of sexual desire for women and men. Creating a third gender, wakashu looked different from both women and adult men and played distinct social and sexual roles.

Category: Event

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!

Category: Event
Miniature painting of Radha Krishna, Mughal period, India, 18th century

Spend your Valentine's Day exploring cultural expressions of desire, sexuality, and romantic love through the ROM's collections. Invoke the memory of famous lovers such as Cleopatra, Hadrian, Shajahan and Yang Gui Fe in this unique adult-only workshop. Your day will include gallery tours, presentations, and a rare opportunity to handle artefacts.

Instructors: