The ROM Celebrates Chinese New Year

The ROM Celebrates Chinese New Year

Join us for a special day of live music,
dance performances, crafts, fortune telling, and more!


(Toronto, Ontario – January 8, 2014) Ring in the Chinese New Year at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) on Saturday, January 25, 2014 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. The memorable day features unique experiences including Tai Chi demonstrations, Lion Dancing, tea tasting, craft demonstrations, and more. The celebration is a collaboration between the ROM and the Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto (CCCGT). All activities are included with general ROM admission.

ROM Chinese New Year celebrations include:

Main Stage Performances
Level 1: Currelly Gallery
12:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Artistic performances include: Tai Chi demonstrations by CCC Tai Chi Academy, a music performance by The Toronto Chinese Orchestra, a Chinese dance performance by The School of Toronto City Ballet, and the Lion Dance.

Level 1: Queens Park Rotunda
11:00 am to 4:00 pm

Families can celebrate Chinese heritage by making fire crackers and paper blossoms, along with paper-cutting and paper-folding activities.

Interactive Demonstrations
Level 2: Bronfman Hall
11:00 am to 4:00 pm

Learn the art of calligraphy, experience Chinese tea culture with Chinese Tea Culture Canada, and visit a fortune teller.

Guided Tours
Level 1: Chen Court
11:00 am, 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm

Guided tours of the Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Gallery of China will be offered throughout the day to bring the rich history of China to life.

Special Exhibition
Faces to Remember: Chinese Portraits of the Ming and Qing Dynasties (1369-1911)
Level 1: Hemon Herzog Levy Gallery
10:00 am to 5:30 pm

Experience an intimate look at the intricate Chinese portraits created during the Ming and Qing Dynasties.  The special exhibition’s portraits are marked by the incredible detail and symbolism that is integral to Chinese art and culture.

Coming Soon: The Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China’s Emperors
This March the ROM unveils for the first time the unique treasures of the Forbidden City. Once off limits to all but emperors and their families, the Forbidden City opens its doors to ROM visitors on Saturday, March 8, 2014 to Monday, September 1, 2014. The Forbidden City features approximately 250 objects from Beijing’s Palace Museum, many of which are never before seen in Canada, in addition to pieces from the ROM’s own acclaimed collections. The exhibition, organized in collaboration with the Palace Museum (Beijing), illuminates the captivating history of China’s last emperors
living within the Forbidden City. The Forbidden City is presented by the Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation. Manulife Financial is the exhibition’s Lead Sponsor.

Shopping at the ROM
The ROM Boutique is a 7,000-square-foot luxury retail shop located on the main floor of the Michael Lee-Chin Crystal. Discover gifts inspired by the ROM’s Chinese collections, such as the recently released Beyond Clouds and Waves: Daoist Paintings in the Royal Ontario Museum, co-authored by ROM curator Dr. Ka Bo Tsang, former ROM curator Dr. Klaas Ruitenbeek, and Daoism scholar Lennert Gesterkamp. The hard-cover book is published with fold-out illustrations and detailed photographs, available for purchase for $25.00 ($22.50 for ROM Members.)

The ROMkids Boutique, located just outside the Bat Cave on the Museum’s Level 2, is full of fun, interactive gifts for children, including ROM t-shirts, natural history toys, games, and books.

Visit the ROM's website for more information and updates about Chinese New Year.

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