Samuel European Galleries | Level 3

  • Photo of a period room
    Over 4,600 objects in specialized presentations chronicle the development and progression of decorative and other arts of Europe.
  • Photo of a woman looking at suits of armour
    Trace the stylistic progression of armour and weaponry in both military and civilian contexts with fine examples from the ROM's arms and armour collection.
  • Photo of a couple looking at a period room
    Period room vignettes allow visitors to experience decorative style in context.
  • Photo of a leather chair
    Barcelona Chair, Designed in 1929 by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, made by Knoll Associates (c) Royal Ontario Museum 2016 Acquisition made possible with a grant from the Mona Campbell Endowment Fund.

The legacy of European style through the ages.

From the Middle Ages to the 20th century, Europe witnessed agricultural, social, economic and industrial innovation that would change how Europeans lived, worked, and viewed with the world around them.

Examine the influence these changes had through the lens of decorative arts development in central and Western Europe. Walk among period rooms and vignettes, including those of the Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, Neoclassical, and Victorian periods, and discover the different stylistic signatures of each.

The ROM's renowned European collections bear witness to the legacy of European style with objects prized for their beauty, rarity, and cultural importance. An entire wing in the gallery is dedicated to displays that provide a context for specialized collections themed to Culture & Context, Judaica, Art Deco and a ROM favourite – Arms and Armour.

Gallery of Modern Design

Opens December 3, 2017

From Frank Lloyd Wright to Arne Jacobsen, (our/the ROM’s) new Gallery of Modern Design showcases works by some of the leading European and American designers of the 20th century. Featuring hand-made masterpieces by Jacques-Émile Ruhlmann to industrially produced works by Charles and Ray Eames, the collection includes outstanding examples of modern furniture, glassware, ceramics and silver, spanning French Art Deco, American Modernism, German Bauhaus, Scandinavian Modern, the International Style and Post-War Modern design movements.

Experience this amazing collection in a whole new way through our new interactive touch kiosks that offer a deeper dive into the styles, designers, and exquisite objects.  

ROM Staff

Dr. Clemens Reichel

Associate Curator

Gwen Adams

Technician (Asian Collections)

Authored by: Noman Siddiqui