The Museum of Chinese in America

A world-class museum showcasing 160 years of Chinese-American life

The New York Pass FREE ENTRY to The Museum of Chinese in America Normally $12.00 - Free with New York Pass

The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) was founded in 1980. It was established to protect and showcase the 160 years of journeys, memories, and contributions of people of Chinese descent in the USA. Established by the historian John Kuo Wei Tchen and community resident and activist Charles Lai, the museum is abundant in innovative exhibits and educational and cultural programmes. 

No matter your age, culture or background, the MOCA’s use of multimedia productions, festivals, workshops, and curated collections will engage you in the history of Chinese people in America like no other. You’ll even have the opportunity to take part in tours that guide you through the galleries and the surrounding Chinatown neighborhood. 

Did you know…? 

The concern that the stories of older generations would be lost, spurred on a community-effort to prevent this from happening, resulting in the MOCA.

It has taken more than 30 years to collect the artifacts, archival and library materials that the museum now proudly exhibits. 

The museum’s previous gallery space has been retained as a research library.  It showcases web-based versions of core exhibits and an interactive timeline of Chinese American history.  

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Getting to The Museum of Chinese in America

Getting to The Museum of Chinese in America

  • The Museum of Chinese in America 215 Centre St, New York, NY 10013
  • Closest Subway Canal Street (N, Q, R, W, J, Z, and 6)
  • Closest Bus Stop
  • Big Bus hop on hop off Tour Stops

Opening Times

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday, 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, 11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

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