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.

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Photos by Jamaal Merrick from our first #emptyROM tour

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The ROM's largest and most majestic mosaic is also the ceiling of the old main entrance.

Tell stories with little bits of colour as you uncover the beauty of mosaics. Visit the Middle East, Pompeii, and Byzantium, as you trace trade-routes and learn how different technologies and materials spread across the world. See how people decorated sacred spaces and homes in ancient times, then see if you can find any modern examples  in your everyday lives. Work with ceramic, stone and glass as you construct your own magnificent mosaic creations.

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Hold mighty swords & try on spectacular armour in Knight School!

Enroll in the ROM’s Knight School and experience what life was like for a knight-in-training in Medieval Europe. From page to squire, to full-fledged knight, participate in challenges that will test your sense of duty, determination, and skill. Do you have what it takes to be a knight in shining armour?