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The Royal Ontario Museum Opens the Gates to China’s Forbidden City

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MARCH 8 TO SEPTEMBER 1  It’s no longer the hermetically sealed citadel that it was for more than 500 years, but China’s Forbidden City is still hardly a place the average Canadian can just stroll into. So the Royal Ontario Museum has brought to Toronto an estimated 250 treasured artifacts from Beijing’s imperial palace—more than 80 of which have never before left the sprawling complex—as part of an exhibition that looks inside the court of the Ming and Qing Dynasty. A highlight of the ROM’s own 100th-anniversary celebrations, the display’s paintings, textiles, furnishings, jade objects, armour and more provide an intimate portrait of the opulent lives of China’s last emperors.  —Brock Sutherland

• Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park, 416-586-8000; rom.on.ca
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