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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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  • I used to pass by MOCA all the time and always thought it would be a nice place to check out. Luckily, a friend of mine asked me to meet up there and I had the opportunity to see how amazing this muse...  more »
  • A great place that connects the history and the present together. Modern sleek designs that are both contemporary and classic- but it's also very educational. I've been there 3 times and each time I w...  more »
  • This museum takes up two floors of a cool old brick building. The layout was chronological and really informative. I feel like my American History classes didnt really touch upon everything Americans ...  more »
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  • The museum is small and compact but has a good variety of exhibits. The exhibition on Chinese food was actually a collection of stories by various food experts, highlighting their personal and culinary journeys to, in, and around America. The exhibits on the past and present struggles faced by the Chinese were eye-opening and sobering. Free entrance every first Thursday of the month.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Every Chinese living in this country should visit the museum to understand our history here.