Explore The Forbidden City lecture series will present multiple perspectives and deeper exploration of themes from the exhibition, from China and all around the world, both historical and contemporary.

General Public: $21
ROM Member: $18
Student: $18


Nature All Around Us
Join a team of experts, from a Biologist to an expert in ancient Chinese paintings, as we piece together the historical flora and fauna of dynastic China. Experts include Senior ROM Curator Bob Murphy and the Louise Hawley Stone Chair for East Asian Art, Dr Wen-chien Cheng.


MAY 20
Imperial Costumes and Projections of Desire

Dr Angela Sheng, formerly of the Royal Ontario Museum and a key historical consultant on the film,The Last Emperor, will highlight both the symbolism behind the garments, as well as how she used the ROM’s collections to create the fantastic costumes in The Last Emperor.

Behind the Vermillion Walls: Courtly Life in the Inner Palace
Bishop White Committee Symposium, 10 AM - 3 PM
Join the ROM's lead curators and a team of international experts as they unlock the gates of the Forbidden City for you to peek into the lives of China's imperial household. 

Family Workshop: Forbidden City, Mythic Creatures & Epic Emperors
A personal tour of the ROM's feature exhibition, including hands-on activities with rare artifacts and more!

APRIL 13 & 14
Chinese Cultural Heritage Weekend
Enjoy a full day of Chinese cultural celebration with live music and dance performances, shopping, dining and more!

East Meets West
ROM specialists Rob Mason, Trudy Nicks, and Brian Musselwhite journey across the known world, as they explore just how interconnected the world was at the time of the Forbidden City.

Forbidden Places
Explore how human societies create taboos around spaces with ROM curators Chen Shen, Justin Jennings, and Silvia Forni as they journey from China to Cameroon, and as far afield as South America.