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Chinese Historical Society of America

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The Chinese Historical Society of America Museum is the oldest organization in the country dedicated to the interpretation, promotion, and preservation of the history and contributions of the Chinese in America. Since 1963, CHSA has strived to be a...more
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965 Clay St, Chinatown, San Francisco, CA 94108-1527
+1 415-391-1188
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Reviewed September 12, 2018 via mobile

For those seeking new knowledge, history buffs or just folks in pursuit of piecing together the rich American Landscape, then your $15 admission would be well worth the trip to the home of the Chinese Historical Society of America's Museum. Your visit has an additional...More

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Reviewed January 2, 2018

This was an unexpected pleasure to explore. We opted for the Family Membership, b/c we knew we wanted to come back and bring our adult kids. Chronicles the immigration of Chinese, the Chinese exclusion act, and Chinese traditions. The highlight is the minatures made by...More

Thank Texasbelledds
Reviewed October 30, 2017 via mobile

While walking around Chinatown, I decided to go to this museum. It is small, but very impressive. Currently, they are showing an exhibition on the Chinese exclusion acts. The exhibition was extremely well prepared and very enlightening. There is also a small gift shop which...More

Thank flabrit
Reviewed September 21, 2017

This is a lovely museum in the heart of San Francisco's Chinatown, the oldest in the US. The building is designed by Julia Morgan who also designed the Greek Theater at Berkeley as well as Hearst Castle. It is an unassuming building with very beautiful...More

Thank Penelope L
Reviewed September 18, 2017

Before you wander round Chinatown take an hour out to visit the Chinese Historical Society of America exhibition, which is housed inside the former YWCA building, on Clay Street, in Chinatown. Inside you will find details about Chinese immigration into San Francisco and the US,...More

Thank SueJim126
Reviewed September 7, 2017 via mobile

I visited the Chinese historical society for their show on the turn of the century immigration of Chinese laborers to the United States. I had never learned about this part of my community history before and it is so vital especially considering the current debates...More

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Reviewed August 22, 2017

This museum tells the little known story of Chinese immigrants in America.We visited an hour before closing and had an interesting conversation with the curator.The exhibits are well designed.Well worth a visit if you are in Chinatown

Thank offleygrove
Reviewed July 11, 2017

This is probably the first stop that a visitor to San Francisco's Chinatown should make before walking the 14-square block area or shelling out for the commercial guided tours (some of which are sensationalized or simply inaccurate). The tripadvisor reviews since 2016 to the present...More

Thank DougC88
Reviewed May 9, 2017

an easy museum to walk through and pick up some useful and interesting history - you don't have to be Chinese to find this interesting - its small - so won't take a lot of time - go before you peruse the souvenir shops on...More

1  Thank Tim T
Reviewed April 20, 2017

We stopped in to this boutique museum intending to stay for about an hour, but remained nearly three. The exhibit that we found particularly interesting targeted the historic landscape of Chinese immigrants matriculating into the San Francisco area to find work and build new lives...More

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As the oldest in North America, San Francisco's
Chinatown is an exotic experience. A unique
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streetlights, hanging lanterns, and pagoda roofs
awaits behind the stone-carved dragon gates. Feast on
dim sum at the tea houses, or meet the locals who
gather at historic Portsmouth Square to play chess or
practice Tai Chi. Fish markets, produce stands,
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