Past Exhibitions

©Sam Hobson (United Kingdom) Nosy Neighbour

The longest-running and most prestigious nature photography competition in the world.

Dale Chihuly, Persian Ceiling

June 25, 2016 to January 8, 2017

Bayada Gumaad (b. 1933) © Jake Verzosa, 2011

April 26 to September 5, 2016

Photo of a woman's tattooed torso

April 2 to September 5, 2016

Detail of Star Wars™ Gowns from Rodarte

December 26, 2015 to January 24, 2016

Two komodo dragons fighting

November 21, 2015 to March 20, 2016

Leaf featuring three people

September 5, 2015 to September 5, 2016

Painting by Paul Kane

Daphne Cockwell Gallery of Canada: First Peoples 

black and white illustration.

June 16 to November 1, 2015

Pompeii: In the shadow of the volcanoe

June 13, 2015 to January 3, 2016

Woman standing and man lying on couch

June 12 - July 5, 2015

ROM Beta space at the Royal Ontario Museum.
Your ideas shaping your museum
Viva Mexico! Clothing and Culture

May 9, 2015 to May 23, 2016

Detail of the dress.

January 31 to November 1, 2015

The Franklin Expedition: The Bell Tolls Again

December 18, 2014 to April 3, 2016

Illustration of the new Dinosaur by Danielle Dufault.

A new dinosaur has been discovered--with a strange feature never seen before!

Where do you belong?

December 15, 2014 to March 22, 2015


November 2014 to March 22, 2015

Fish specimen on white background.

See some of the oldest and rarest specimens from the ROM's Ichthyology collection and celebrate a milestone with the cataloging of the ROM's 100,000th fish.

Family Service Toronto opened Bolton Camp in 1922.

For 100 years, social work has made a significant impact in Toronto

Genizot presents new work from internationally acclaimed author and artist Bernice Eisenstein

Maps, Borders and Mobility in Africa

Maps, Borders and Mobility in Africa reflects upon the Berlin Conference, a critical event in African history

Found in more than a dozen tiny pieces, this reconstructed "mini-pot" has incised shoulder decoration typical of Late Woodland period ceramics in Ontario. Some scholars suggest that mini-pots may have been practice pots made by children.

Do you know what lies beneath your feet? 

Mounted Passenger Pigeons.

A thought provoking exploration of the demise of one of the most abundant species in the world, the year the ROM opened its doors.

Portrait of Charles Trick Currelly as a young man.

The ROM's first Director of Archaeology.

See portraits of Sir Edmund, the ROM's first chairman, and his wife, Lady Walker.

Fashion Follows Form: Designs for Sitting

Izzy Camillieri and the ROM turn clothing design on its head as we explore fashion inspired by function.

Ancient textile with inscription "Victory from Allah to the servant of Allah"

A rare glimpse at archaeological textiles and costumes.

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.

Photo exploration of the Royal Ontario Museum created by Michael Awad.

Explore every linear foot of the ROM, revealed like never before, in this intriguing exhibition.

"The Peacock Skirt", Plate V from "Salome" by Oscar Wilde (English, 1854-1900) Aubrey Vincent Beardsley (English, 1872 –1898) Lithograph printed on wove paper London, England 1894 Gift of Sir William C.C Van Horne 946x97.7.5

Explore a pivotal period of innovation and experimentation.

Textile reproduction of a fly.

Textile interpretations of some of our most iconic objects

Detail of illustrated manuscript.

Celebrating a century of collecting at the Royal Ontario Museum.

The Forbidden City exhibition image

Presented by The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation; Lead Sponsor Manulife

On now for a limited time

Image: Dinosaur Eggs and Babies: Remarkable Fossils from South Africa

A rare opportunity to see real dinosaur eggs and babies!

Etching of Uncle Waish-ky's Lodge at Sault Ste Marie


Explore how three 19th century women artists addressed and articulated their own Canadian experiences.

 "A Nesperces Indian" by Paul Kane. 1849-1856. Nez Perce, Columbia and Snake rivers region.

Infrared Reflectography reveals the initial drawings and underpaintings of Kane's oil paintings.

Portrait of the elderly Master Jing

Portraits of the finest quality from the ROM’s Chinese collection

The first major North American exhibition of Dayal's work opens April 20.

Over 100 examples of the finest in European and American decorative arts.

Photographs documenting historically significant sites of the War of 1812 also commemorate much more

These rarely-seen objects are distinguished by craftsmanship, ingenuity and extraordinary skill 

Stories of the War of 1812 and its aftermath from a First Nations perspective

The spirit of the Caribbean blazes to life through awe-inspiring costumes with a strong connection to community and history

This new exhibition presents one hundred photographic prints made from original negatives abandoned by the Khmer Rouge at the notorious S-21 secret prison in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

The art of music; the music of art

The ROM goes BIG with fashion and textiles

Developed by the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago. Extended until February 9, 2014.

“Forget about the dinosaurs you know…  this is a whole new breed of beast”

North American premiere, as part of the Luminato Festival 2013.

This arresting exhibition brings together recent work by two acclaimed Magnum photographers exploring the ongoing armed conflict in Afghanistan.

Experience the power of science and art with the premiere of Carbon 14: Climate is Culture at the ROM.

See the Doodle 4 Google Canada finalists at the ROM.

Take a photographic journey, experiencing the landscapes, seascapes and people that have escaped the destructive reach of modern society.

Extraordinary treasures of Sumer, Assyria & Babylon from the British Museum.   

A stunning array of vintage Bollywood cinema showcards and other forms of film advertising has been assembled for the first time in Canada.

An examination of one of the most important subjects of our time, by one of the most respected and recognized contemporary photographers in the World.

The exhibition includes over 60 pieces of Anatsui's work including drawings, paintings, wood, ceramics and metal sculptures.

A tiny diorama, created by artists Jennifer and Kevin McCoy, presents an unsettling suburban scene for visitors to explore.

On display during and after the Scotiabank Caribana Festival, the exhibition represents the largest single juried display of works of art by African Canadian artists.

In 1974, farmers in northern China accidentally unearthed fragments of a terracotta figure - the

Toronto physician Dr. Mark Nowaczynski captures the lives of his patients in a poignant series of photo essays. 

In this unique new exhibition, creative agency Motherbrand explores the idea of creative reuse, recycling and upscaling in Canadian design.

Learn to spot the differences between fakes and real artifacts that run the gamut from Natural History and World Cultures, to modern designer brands in this fascinating, interactive exhibition.

The Sir Christopher Ondaatje South Asian Gallery hosts a special temporary display of two life-size portraits of historical kings of the state of Punjab in north-western India.

A rare opportunity to stand in the presence of some of the most powerful words ever written.

Vanity Fair Portraits brings together a star-studded array of almost 150 iconic photographs from both its vintage period and modern periods.

Nigel Dickson is an international award-winning photographer whose work has been published over the past thirty years in numerous magazines.

World premiere of three short films among a series written by and starring internationally-known actress and filmmaker Isabella Rossellini.

The Institute for Contemporary Culture (ICC) and the Koffler Centre of the Arts proudly present Margins at the Royal Ontario Museum, concurrently with Dead Sea Scrolls: Words that Changed the World.

Hamra Abbas’ versatile artistic practice straddles a wide range of media, from paper collage and painting to ephemeral soft Plasticine sculpture and video.

From the 9th to 17th centuries, the people of Zabid—a city at the south end of the Arabian Peninsula—enjoyed an upscale urban life.

Celebrate African-Canadian heritage through a captivating collection of 50 works of art created by 25 artists inspired by cultures from around the world.

Since their discovery in 1947, the Dead Sea Scrolls have rarely toured in order to preserve the fragile parchment. This original ROM exhibition includes rarely and never-before-seen Scrolls, as well as extraordinary 2,000-year-old artifacts of the period.

This contemporary art installation examines the 2001 destruction of the colossal 5th century Buddhas of the Bamiyan Valley in central Afghanistan by the Taliban, and the subsequent years of war and rebuilding.

Journey to the afterlife through the mystical Book of the Dead of Amen-em-hat.

This exhibition highlights a group of magnificent Chinese paintings selected from the Mactaggart

One hundred years ago a discovery was made that drastically changed our view of the history of li

The Institute for Contemporary Culture, in partnership with the Toronto Society of Architects (TS

 No other gem has captured the world’s imagination quite like the diamond.

ICC in Partnership with the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival: Future Projections

The bold rhythms found in the African drum, steel pan, jazz, gospel and more are celebrated on ca

This unprecedented view of one of the world’s most dynamic cities examines Shanghai as a la

Shanghai 1860-1949 presents eighty historical photographs that document Shanghai’s architecture, inhabitants and way of life.

Out from Under: Disability, History and Things to Remember explores the history of disab

The most in-depth exhibition ever mounted on Charles Darwin!

The ROM celebrates Black History Month 2008 with two new exhibits, The Ontario Bicentenary Exhibi

For hundreds of years, traders have endured hostile deserts, perilous mountains and treacherous s

From coast to coast, collectors and museums from across Canada contribute exceptional pieces from

The interiors of the ROM’s lobby are the canvas for Canadian artist Charles Pachter’s

Incorporating evocative objects from the Museum's collections, this thought-provoking exhibit

Journey into the lives and landscape of the people of Darfur, Sudan, in this extraordinary multim

Welcome to the pre-computer era: the discovery of QWERTY keyboards, carriage returns and black ribbon.

Catch a rare glimpse of The Black Star of Queensland, one of the largest gem quality sapphires in

Discover an exploration of time and history from the perspective of Hiroshi Sugimoto, one of the most internationally acclaimed contemporary artists.

Imagine a world of flamboyant kabuki actors, unnerving ghosts, and graceful geisha clad in the fi

Over 250 miniature worlds of brilliant colour and style are featured in this exhibition of specta

Discover a magnificent cache of long-hidden golden treasures from the Sicán civilization.

The legacy of legendary French artist René Lalique is captured in this display of beautiful glass creations.

November 25, 2006 - Summer 2007

A fascinating exploration of Buddhist and Daoist deities.

Viva Italia! Learn how the passione got into Pucci, the bella into Bul

Carlos Garaicoa is one of Cuba’s leading contemporary artists.

The Royal Ontario Museum and The Institute for Contemporary Culture at the ROM celebrate the XVI