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Explore the Forbidden City Lecture Series

Explore The Forbidden City Lecture Series

Coinciding with the opening of our newest exhibition The Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China's Emperors the 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.

Single Lecture

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

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.
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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.
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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.

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




Royal Ontario Museum
Signy and Cléophée Eaton Theatre
Level 1B


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