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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Category: Blog Post

Hi! I'm Heather Read, the Rebanks Postdoctoral Fellow in Canadian Decorative Arts. In honour of Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation, I’ll be writing a blog series this year highlighting interesting objects from the Canadian Decorative Arts Collection at the Royal Ontario Museum.

Category: Blog Post
Art, Honour, Ridicule: Asafo Flags of Southern Ghana. Unidentified artist, Saltpond Workshop c. 1980. Royal Ontario Museum.

The Fante are one of the many culturally and linguistically related groups known collectively as the Akan. They mostly live in the Central Region of Ghana, their territory extending along the coast and inland from Takoradi in the west, to Senya Beraku in the east. Coastland Fanteland, once known as the Gold Coast, has been exposed to European contact longer than any other area of sub-Saharan Africa.

Category: Event

The Challenge of Building a National Museum
Join Lonnie G. Bunch III as he explores how the National Museum of African American History and Culture will help the Smithsonian transition from a 19th century institution to a 21st century enterprise.