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.Before you head to New York City, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly New York City itinerary builder, to make sure you see all that New York City has to offer, including Museum Of Chinese In America.
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A good start, I feel like this museum could grow and evolve - but isn't quite there, yet. Lots of interesting info in the form (primarily) of photos and writing. There are audio portions, but they are... read more »
this was a small museum on about how the chinese survived and how they came from china. My kids enjoyed it , took about 1hr to go through the whole museum.
This afternoon we spent a couple of hours at this well-organized and informative museum of the Chinese experience in North America located on the "border" between Chinatown and Little Italy, but reall... read more »
The layout, aesthetics, and organization of the museum are elegant and organic drawing you into the history in the collections. The multi-media element that is part of some exhibits worked well without taking away from the overall energy of the experience. Learned some new things my history classes never touched on in college. The Ming Cho Lee stage design exhibit was interesting. The president of the museum happened to be walking by after I got my entry ticket and took a moment to welcome me and guide me to the stage design exhibit. MOCA is a must see in NYC. Maya Lin's design for the museum is beautiful.
Speaking as an Asian American, my generation doesn't tend to dwell on the more depressing aspects of our history in America. The Chinese Exclusion laws were barely mentioned in schools and the Yellow Peril issues during the McCarthy era wasn't mentioned at all. So this museum really hit close to home because it bright all that to the forefront and opened up a discussion about how we got here as a group. The exhibits were great and I especially like the dioramas in the first exhibit. After that, it gets super depressing. I really enjoyed their "Wall of Fame", which is basically a wall with contributions by asian Americans to various fields including science and technology but also aviation and acting.
Went there on the first Thursday of the month between 6-8pm when admission is free! The design of the museum is beautiful. The current main exhibit (With a Single Step: Stories in the Making of America Tue, Sep 1, 2009 - Thu, Dec 31, 2020) is interactive and compelling.
I love this space. Their permanent as well as traveling exhibitions. Great for a class trip for undergrads or younger folks if you are a teacher. One of the staples of Asian American history in the city. There is also a little book-selling area up front for readers in your life.
Do not recommend visiting this place. Not sure if it is really a museum... Very disappointed. It took me about 20 minutes to cover the entire space and exhibition is very unimpressive.
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