© The Palace Museum
This year the Royal Ontario Museum turns 100, and to celebrate they’re shining a light on a much older institution: the Chinese imperial court. The *Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China’s Emperors exhibition is open now until September 1. It features more than 200 items from the Forbidden City (now Beijing’s Palace Museum) where China’s Ming and Qing emperors ruled from 1420 to 1912. Highlights include a rare 15th century porcelain cup, the robe worn by six-year-old Emperor Tongzhi on the day of his inauguration in 1861, and the portraits of Emperor Yongzheng and some of his many mistresses. A significant part of the collection has never been shown outside of Beijing. Some of the more fragile items will removed and replaced by others starting in early June. Adults $27, kids 4 to 14 $19, includes general admission. tel: (416) 586-8000. rom.on.ca/en/forbidden-city.
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