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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Worn Exhibition Installation photo
FREE. Included with Museum admission.
 
Join us once a month for a personal exploration of the exhibit Worn: Shaping Black Feminine Identity and its themes. Special guest speakers give us their take on this stunning work by Karin Jones in an informal in-gallery presentation.
 
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Pesh Kabz daggar with sheath. Steel, jade, stone, water buffalo horn, fabric. 19th century India. 948.1.256a-b. The Collection of the First Lord Kitchener. Currently part of the South Asian Study Collection in the ROM’s Education Department.

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ROM Speaks Series

From the perspective of the Asian collections at the British Museum, Dr. Michael Willis reflects on the question of the ‘sacred object’ in the ‘secular space’ of the museum. Questions about the sacred nature of objects turn on the memories that surround them: how memories are created and retained, how they are lost, and how some objects – but not others – can be invested with new and unexpected meaning.