Museum of Chinese in America

Museum of Chinese in America

Museum of Chinese in America
4.5
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Founded in 1980, the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) is dedicated to preserving and presenting the history, heritage, culture and diverse experiences of people of Chinese descent in the United States. The greatly expanded MOCA at 215 Centre Street is a national home for the precious narratives of diverse Chinese American communities, and strives to be a model among interactive museums.
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RoadtripMommy
California172 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
I had been wanting to visit this museum for awhile. The exhibit shows a timeline of Chinese in America. When we went, there was no admission charge. The interior is beautifully decorated with air conditioning. It was so quiet and tranquil despite being in the heart of Chinatown. It's a perfect location if you want a break but at the same time, learn the important contributions of Chinese immigrants to this country.
Written November 4, 2023
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Adventure Diva
Manchester, CT2,168 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Friends
"With a Single Step- Stories in the Making of America" was a great, informative exhibit that showcased Chinese American history. Exhibitions, educational services and public programs are available.
Written March 14, 2023
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msquared
Kaneohe, HI559 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
This museum centers on the Chinese in America. How they came and the hardships they encountered. Also note the prominent Chinese Americans. The interior is well done and display are interesting. The visit at this moment was free which made it even better
Written October 27, 2022
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Alex
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Solo
Both exhibitions they have currently, the history of AAPI hate and the permanent exhibit, are fantastic. I was nearly moved to tears by the AAPI Hate. The permanent exhibit was enlightening, even for someone like me who generally has a good grasp on Chinese history in America.
Written May 22, 2022
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wireless_in_CA
United States5,017 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
As a beneficiary of MacKenzie Scott, MOCA has been given a generous opportunity to expand their museum. This attracted some controversy with protesters stationed in front but you’ll need to make your own decision to enter or move on.

We decided to enter and the security guard opened the door for us. Once inside we heard from the museum and then decided to explore the various exhibits. It was free to visit. Research center with shelves of books and the museum store were right there in the main entrance.

We headed into the first exhibit which dealt with racism as it spiked during COVID.

The next exhibits covered the Chinese in America starting from the late 1700s until the present. Details about the arrivals, the prejudice and exclusions, adapting and contributing to America, etc. Photos, stories and actual items (i.e. recreation of a general store) enhanced the learning experience.

Downstairs was a learning center for children as well as the restrooms.

We spent about an hour here and it was well worth the time. Hope there will be a larger expansion in the future.
Written March 19, 2022
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Justin W
Hasbrouck Heights, NJ3,749 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
This was the first time I was to the Museum of Chinese in America in almost three years. It has been closed since COVID and finally reopened again.

I got to look over the permanent collection again which is the history of immigration of the Chinese to America and it is not always the best history. The time is full of racist moments that is full stereotypes. It is not the easiest history to hear but this is the story of all immigration to this country.

The special exhibition going on right now deals with Racism during the time of COVID and again it is not the easiest thing to read but it does open your eyes to what is going on with all these attacks on innocent people.

I find the museum to information and an eye opener on the history of immigration in this country. This happened with every ethnic group when they came to this country.
Written February 13, 2022
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jrr501
New York City, NY63 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019
This is a nice gem in Chinatown that tells the story of Chinese in America. The exhibits are informative, but not overwhelming and there is a nice mix of interactive displays to keep all ages interested.

The book / gift shop is nice, as well. A great assortment of items different from your normal museum shop.
Written March 15, 2020
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bigctc
New York City, NY8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019 • Solo
A prior review claims a fire in January 2020 destroyed the museum. This is NOT true. The museum is located at 215 Centre Street - and is open for business as usual. The fire occurred at another building which housed the museum’s archives, which is undergoing recovery. Had to set that straight...

I loved my time spent at the museum. For people who enjoy history and discovering unexpected connections, this is a place that will leave you stunned. Who knew the Irish faced so many common challenges as the Chinese upon their arrival? Who knew of so many important contributions that were pioneered or discovered by Chinese Americans? Who knew that the early Chinese immigrants were mostly originated by one specific part of China? NOT ME.

This museum has made me appreciate not only my cultural heritage but also the heritage of other immigrants. I believe if you would make time to take a trip to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, you should surely visit the Museum of Chinese in America. After all, the first tenement houses of NYC were built in what is now Chinatown. It could be fair to say Chinatown is the original location of the immigrant grit, hustle, and grind - attitudes that New York is famous for.
Written February 6, 2020
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508EllenCee
Northborough, MA1,016 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
This museum was on our list of must-see places to visit in NYC, but we missed it last visit. The museum was hit by fire on Jan 23, and the museum has been destroyed. It will be rebuilt.
Written January 25, 2020
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Ed T
Brooklyn, NY60 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Visited MOCA two days before the Lunar New Year which didn't really impact the museum. Some very interesting reads on Chinese Americans who made significant contributions to America. Would have appreciated more artifacts or items for display rather than having to read the captions for most pictures. There was one room which I believe represented a Chinese Store in Chinatown past but there were no labels as to the ingredients in the jars on display. Signage was not very good, for example black letters on a brown background is very hard to read and the fonts could have been larger. There was a school group going through the museum when we visited and from what we overheard staff were very informative and gave age appropriate info for the children. Overall, OK but needs work on guiding visitors through the museum.
Written January 25, 2020
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