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: Blog Post
Image of yellow bowl.

A look at an Imperial Yellow Bowl from the Ming Dynasty, now on display in The Forbidden City: Inside Court of China's Emperor.

Category: Podcast
The Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China's Emperors

Compelling characters, engaging stories, and family adventure frame these extraordinary objects as you journey from the gates of the outer court, through the inner court and into the emperor's private spaces, revealing the everyday lives of all those who paid a price to live inside The Forbidden City…

Category: Exhibition
Luohan Figure (glazed earthenware), Lio - Jin Dynasty, China, 11th century

An exploration into some of the founding donors who helped build the ROM’s Asian Collections and foster our long standing relationship with cultural China.