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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By Ed Keall


The temporary exhibit space in the Wirth galleries of the Middle East and the Ondaatje gallery of Asia is designed to keep the galleries alive by encouraging visitors to repeat their visits because there is something new to see.

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Picture of the ROM looking southwest. Photo by @priscilla_mendes

Tour the museum BEFORE we open!

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Hawking Party in Front of Mount Fuji; Kitagawa Utamaro (1754-1806); Paper, Oban triptych format, woodblock-printed with seven colours; Japan; Edo period; circa 1790 AD, ca 1800; 926.18.424; Length 58cm; Width 95cm

The Japanese art collection at the ROM includes approximately 10,000 objects: it is the largest collection of the kind in Canada. The largest number of Japanese items is from the Edo period (1601-1868). Among them are lacquer works, such as incense containers and writing boxes beautifully decorated with gold leaf, which would have embellished people’s everyday lives.