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San Diego Chinese Historical Museum

404 Third Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101 (Downtown)
(619) 338-9888
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Ranked #101 of 220 attractions in San Diego
Type: History Museums
Traveler Description: Explore Chinese and Chinese American art, history and culture.  The San Diego Chinese Historical Society and Museum is a nonprofit organization whose... more »
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Lakewood, California
14 reviews 14 reviews
10 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

Although this is a small museum, the admission price is very cheap ($2 Jan/2014) and it has some very interesting exhibits. The main room is divided with on side displaying items from the old San Diego Chinatown, and local Chinese history and the other side showing artifacts from China. In back is very lovely and peaceful courtyard and garden. Across... More

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North Hollywood, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

This area once known for crime and prostitution was also home to San Diego's Chinatown. The museum is small but worth a visit. Admission is only $2. If you enjoy history, this museum is a good place to learn about a community that has so often been ignored in history books, yet played such a big part in the development... More

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Miami, Florida
19 reviews 19 reviews
12 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

Small , yet interesting museum located in the Gaslamp District . It consist of two building one across from the other one. Staff were very knowledgeable and attentive in responding your question about Chinese community that came for the Gold rush and Transcontinental railroad workers. Exhibit consist of donations from different people, such as clothing, pictures, furniture, glassware, money, etc.... More

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60 reviews 60 reviews
17 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

This is a small museum located quite close to the Convention Center filled with SD Chinese artifacts collected/donated before the huge hotels took over landscape. Few know of the struggles the Chinese faced in the early days of California history. Here we see photos and artifacts, many from the laundry businesses of the Chinese and exquisite carvings brought over from... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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702 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

Tip: 1h is enough to visit, the garden is really simple but beautiful, nice exhibition about tea Pros: $2 fee, lots of information about Chinese community in San Diego, beautiful art pieces, gorgeous garden (with huge carps) , extremely attentive staff, convenient location if you are visiting Gaslamp The staff is extremely attentive and nice. An old lady explained lots... More

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San Diego, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2012

Great place to visit to see what's left of the Chinese cultural influence here in San Diego in the Gaslamp area. Been several times during the Chinese New Years celebration where they block of several blocks. It's worth the visit just to see what's left

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