Be sure to book your tickets early for this limited-time exhibition. See The Forbidden City from March 8 to September 1 only.

Plan a Return Visit! Due to the fragile nature of some of the treasures on loan from The Palace Museum, these more sensitive objects; i.e, select textiles, paintings and paper objects, have been replaced with a brand-new rotation of similar treasures from The Palace Museum. Mark your calendars to visit the exhibition again. Or, for best value, become a Member today and get free access to both rotations.


To avoid the lines, we recommend booking your tickets online in advance. We look forward to seeing you! All ticket prices are per person, and include all applicable taxes and general Museum admission.

Ticket Types Forbiden City
Adult $27
Senior (65 +) $24.50
Student (15 - 25 years, with ID) $24.50
Child (4 - 14 years) $19
Infant (3 years and under) Free
Members Free - Reserve Tickets  
Groups (20 or more) Discounted pricing in effect. See Group prices
Schools Discounted pricing in effect. See Schools pricing
Persons with disabilities Regular admission pricing applies + free admission for one attendant
Guided Tours
(daily, 12 PM & 2 PM)


The Museum is open daily from 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM, and 10:00 AM to 8:30 PM on Fridays. We’re open every day of the week throughout the year including all public holidays, except December 25 (Christmas Day).

Last entry to The Forbidden City exhibition is 4:00 PM Saturday to Thursday, and 7:00 PM on Fridays.

Guided tours are offered daily at 12 PM and 2 PM for only $5. French guided tours are available for the same price every Friday at 2 PM. Our knowledgeable guides will bring the story of The Forbidden City to life.

Location & Parking

The Royal Ontario Museum is located at 100 Queen’s Park in downtown Toronto. Read more about how to get to the Museum.

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School Visits

BOOK THIS ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME CHANCE to see national treasures from China, some of which have never been seen in North America!

Our knowledgeable and engaging ROM facilitators bring your students inside the walls of the Forbidden City, the world's largest imperial palace, to uncover the secrets of China’s emperors. The Imperial Palace - once forbidden to all but the Emperor, his family, and his servants - is still home to over 5,000 years of traditional Chinese art and artifacts including exquisite gold, silver and jade objects, paintings, textiles and stunning imperial furnishings. Peak behind the walls and see what life was like within this vast, mysterious complex during the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) Dynasties to uncover the drama and intrigue of imperial life.

Curricular Links
Grade 4: Heritage and Identity: Early Societies, 3000 bce -1500 ce
Grade 5: Early Civilizations
Grade 9: Visual Arts
Grade 10: Visual Arts & Clothing
Grade 11: Housing and Home Design, World History to the 16th Century
Grade 12: World History: The West and the World, University Preparation
Grade 12: World History: The West and the World, Adventures in World History


Elementary and Secondary
One hour tours |  Weekdays | $12/participant*
10AM - 12PM & 12:30 PM - 2 PM

NEW!  Forbidden City Self-Guided Visits
Monday to Friday | Entry times: 11 AM, 11:30 AM, 12:30 PM, 1PM, 1:30 PM | $10/participant*
Lead your students at your own pace and use our Activity Guides below to focus their attention or create your own activity guide.

Contact us at: or 416.586.5801 x1

* School rates are per person and available only for school groups of 15 or more students that pre-book in advance of their visit. School rates are not available for walk-up sales. Prices inclusive of all applicable taxes. One free teacher or supervisor for every ten students.

Activity Guides

In the exhibition, use this printable activity guide to manage your self-guided visit and help focus your students’ attention on key objects and stories.
Forbidden City Activity Guide for School Groups (PDF)

After the exhibition, use this printable activity guide to make connections between the exhibition and the ROM’s world-renown Chinese galleries,and extend your students’ learning.


Member Exclusives

ROM Members receive unlimited free entry to The Forbidden City.

Free Member Tickets

As a ROM Member, you receive first access to exhibition tickets to ensure the best selection of dates and times for your visit. Members are encouraged to reserve tickets to ensure easy access into the Exhibition during peak times however they are not required for your visit.

Reserve Tickets Today

Member tickets may only be used by the ROM Member(s) named on the membership card(s). For admission to the Museum, please present your active membership card and a piece of photo ID at the express entry. Tickets are not transferable.

Guest Tickets

Membership levels with guest privileges (Circle Members and above) are entitled to one allotment of free guest tickets. Additional guest tickets may be purchased for only $11 each for subsequent visits. If more than your allocation of guests will accompany you on any one visit, additional tickets may be purchased at regular ticket prices. Guest tickets can only be used when a guest is accompanied by the Member.

Become a Member

ROM Membership offers many advantages, including unlimited free admission to Forbidden City. Add even more value with discounts on selected programs, retail and restaurants and your family will enjoy many memorable days at the ROM.

Learn more about the benefits of ROM membership today!


From groups of 20 friends to corporate groups of 2,000 or more, the ROM is ready to make your visit to Forbidden City special.

Purchase your group tickets online or customize your group visit with special add-ons by contacting ROM Groups Sales at 416.586.5801 or completing our online form. Our office is open Monday to Friday, 9 AM to 4:30 PM.

Group Rates

Ticket Types Regular Price Group Price
Adult $27 $21.50
Senior (65 +) $24.50 $20
Student (15 - 25 years, with ID) $24.50 $20
Child (4 - 14 years) $19 $13
Infant (3 years and under) Free Free

Package Add-ons
Guided Tours: $8 per person (minimum of 20 paid guests)
Private Experience: $10 per person (minimum of 20 paid guests)

Audio Tour

Touchable reproductions representing some of the luxurious and everyday treasures from the imperial palace are accompanied by an audio described tour available for download.

Or download on iTunes

紫垣撷珍 語音導覽 (Cantonese)

紫垣撷珍 语音导览 (Mandarin)


The ROM is committed to accessibility for all visitors. All accessibility programs and services are free of charge unless otherwise noted. Learn more about general Museum access and the ROM program and service offerings.

Icon: BlindIcon: Audio DescriptionIcon: BraileServices for visitors who are blind or who have vision loss: We invite persons who are blind or with vision loss and their companions to discover the Forbidden City through touch. Touchable reproductions representing some of the luxurious and everyday treasures from the imperial palace are accompanied by an audio described tour available for download in English, French and Chinese. Tactile maps located in the introductory panel of each section of the exhibition will guide you through the courts of the Chinese Emperors.

Icon: Deaf, hard of hearing, deafened

Icon: Assistive Listening Devices

Services for visitors who are deaf, hard of hearing and deafened: All narrated videos include English and French captioning. In addition, hearing aid wearers with a “T” (telecoil) setting can now request FM assistive listening devices with neck loops for special paid tours offered daily at 12 PM and 2 PM. No reservation required.

Icon: Limited MobilityServices with limited mobility: The exhibition is fully accessible by elevators and entrances are equipped with automatic doors. The Garfield Weston Exhibition hall has two wheelchair-accessible restrooms. Wheelchairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis and are located in the coat check in the main lobby. Frequent opportunities for seating are available throughout the exhibition.


Reflecting the elegance of the Forbidden City, ROM Boutique is filled with books, artwork, home décor, accessories, reproductions and other unique treasures. Take home a memento, exclusive to the Imperial Palace, that will remind you of your ROM experience for years to come.

Exhibition Guidebook 

Forbidden City Souvenir Guide CoverOnly $5. Now Available.
This account of life inside the walls of the Imperial Palace uses the Palace Museum’s vast collection of masterpieces and historic archives as points of departure. The guide offers the reader a glimpse into the Forbidden City, bringing the rich history of this imperial residence to life.