Museum of Chinese in America, New York City

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Founded in 1980, the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) promotes dialogue and understanding among people of all cultural backgrounds, bringing over 160 years of Chinese American history to vivid life through its innovative exhibitions, educational and cultural programs. 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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  • Got to visit this little gem during my work travel. Walked around, saw a lot of artwork, history, and some old items. Got to get my own little private tour from Gee-Wey who works there. He is definite...  more »
  • My spouse and I visited the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) on a Saturday afternoon in mid-October 2017. The museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 11:00 am until 6:00 pm, with extended hour...  more »
  • Spent about 2 rapt hours here. The galleries flow from early immigration to the present day. The artifacts -- photos, letters, propaganda, a recreated tea shop -- humanize the Chinese experience. It w...  more »
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  • As small museum dedicated to Chinese Americans from the East and West Coast, as well as their ancestors who immigrated to America. Although it may not be big as many major museums in Manhattan, the exhibitions featured are tastefully chosen and displayed to the public. What I really loved about this museum was how it brought about the historical aspects of Chinatown, much of which takes a hard look around these days when walking through the actual area. A great place for those who wish to learn about the past, including the assimilating of cultures and environments.
  • Engaging exhibitions, with guided tour options for the museum OR for Chinatown, with advance reservation required. The new Learning Center downstairs is wonderful for families. Building is gorgeous and designed by Maya Lin (Vietnam Veteran's Memorial). The shop sells a beautifully illustrated and designed Chinatown map that was created to give visitors a great sense of things to see/do in the local neighborhood - I use it to eat around the area.
  • This is a very nice museum with a lot of cool displays. We went for the Lunar New Year family festival - and it was crowded, but people were definitely having a good time with the arts & crafts and cultural things. If you're interested in the subject matter I'd say it's definitely worth checking out.
  • Nice new smallish space and a good idea for a museum. The history of Chinese in America is rich, interesting and of course an important and often undertold part of our history as a whole. The permanent exhibit will hopefully grow and change with time gaining more attractive/unique physical artifacts that support the stories told. I was not very happy with the temporary exhibit about a ‘refugee’ boat which was highly critical of Chinese and US governments and nowhere questioned the Substance of refugee/asylum claims which seemed quite weak (at least in the museum no evidence was presented) A balanced historical story with opinions from all sides would feel less like propaganda and more like a museum.
  • An excellent museum that uses primary sources (letters, pictures, posters, videos of ABCs talking about their lives). The gift shop also has neat items like books related to Chinese American history. It was eye-opening and I learned quite a bit. My only suggestion is that they should have a larger exhibition because currently it is kind of small.
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