The Last Empresses of China: The Forbidden City’s Untold Story

On view August 18, 2018 to February 10, 2019

This exhibition is the first to explore the role of empresses in shaping China’s last dynasty- the Qing dynasty - from 1644 to 1912. Nearly 150 spectacular objects from the Forbidden City tell the little-known story of how imperial women influenced court politics, art, and religion. Timed to mark the fortieth anniversary of the normalization of U.S.-China diplomatic relations, The Last Empresses of China: The Forbidden City's Untold Story is organized by the Peabody Essex Museum; the Smithsonian's Freer|Sackler, Washington, D.C.; and the Palace Museum, Beijing. Carolyn and Peter S. Lynch and The Lynch Foundation provide generous support. The East India Marine Associates of the Peabody Essex Museum provides valuable support.