Online Collections

The digital collection provides the public with greater access to the ROM’s objects of art, culture, and nature from around the globe and across the ages.

Visitors from around the world can explore the Museum’s collection from home, discover objects never seen before, and use the ROM as a resource for research. This online database is derived from the ROM's main collections database which is our main repository of knowledge regarding the collections, and is also used for managing, researching, conserving, and exhibiting the collections. As such some of the text is specialised in nature.

Through this web-based platform, online visitors are able to search for specific objects, view images, and create their own personal collections to share with friends, teachers, colleagues, and the ROM community. Objects can be searched by keyword, explored by location or timeline, and discovered by subject area. 

The breadth and depth of collections will continue to grow and evolve. A team of photographers continue to digitise objects, and ROM experts, both staff and volunteers, will continue to add treasures held in the ROM's collections, and also new acquisitions, to the online collection. With a collection as large and diverse as the ROM's, we do not have the foremost expertise in every aspect of every discipline therefore the records for some objects may not yet reflect the most current state of knowledge, and may be catalogued using old records in order to make them public. Hence, we cannot guarantee the accuracy of this data and it must be used at the user’s own risk.

This project was made possible through the generous support of Nancy and Jon Love.

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Images in the ROM Online Collection

The ROM is in the process of digitizing its collection, and images on the website are being updated regularly. We have chosen to post all available images until new photography becomes available. Some of the images are not suitable for publication and are not available as a high resolution image file.

Please refer to the ROM Collections’ Terms of Use for more information on copyright, requesting permission and third party materials.

For information on and permission to use ROM images, including licensing requests, and other ROM media such as film or video, please contact:

Rights & Reproductions
Tel.: 416.586.5590
Fax: 416.586.5642
E-mail: images@rom.on.ca
Place an image request