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San Diego Chinese Historical Museum

404 3rd Ave, San Diego, CA 92101-6803
+1 619-338-9888
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Alive x 3

This museum has 3 separate buildings in the heart of downtown San Diego where it hosts a variety of... read more

Reviewed 23 January 2018
GlobalGypsy_13
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San Diego, California
A Quick Visit on the Last Day

Somehow, when I googled the address of this Chinese Museum, I went to the wrong address earlier on... read more

Reviewed 24 December 2017
Jenn M
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Discover the best kept secret in downtown San Diego. The San Diego Chinese Historical Museum is a nonprofit organization dedicated to collecting, preserving and sharing Chinese and Chinese American art, culture and history. Exhibits include a hand-carved bed that belonged to a Chinese warlord, a 1500-year-old limestone Buddha head, a tranquil Asian garden and koi pond, intricate miniature models of old Chinatown buildings, and there are always new exhibits in our new extension building.
  • Excellent51%
  • Very good39%
  • Average7%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible0%
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404 3rd Ave, San Diego, CA 92101-6803
Downtown
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+1 619-338-9888
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Reviewed 23 January 2018

This museum has 3 separate buildings in the heart of downtown San Diego where it hosts a variety of events. Examples include Tai Chi in the garden classes (free) on Saturday mornings at 9 a.m., school programs and public lectures, such as Sheldon Lou's riveting...More

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Reviewed 24 December 2017

Somehow, when I googled the address of this Chinese Museum, I went to the wrong address earlier on the trip. My buddy walked past the right address (the other must have been a meeting place) and there are 2 buildings. (The main exhibits and the...More

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Reviewed 18 October 2017

This 3 building museum not only houses objects from early immigrants to this Stingray (Red Light) District, but also comes alive with activities. Currently (Oct. 2017) there's a "Four Treasures" exhibit about calligraphy that opened with a demonstration, talk, and music. On most Saturday mornings,...More

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Reviewed 1 September 2017

A good place to kill an hour or two and learn about an aspect of San Diego history that is virtually unknown. A small and unique but very interesting museum on the history of San Diego's early Chinatown and its evolution through the decades in...More

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Reviewed 22 July 2017

Sadly, not a whole lot here. Not well displayed or explained. Dusty and dated. Most of the displays look more like a collection of garage sale items, but could have been displayed to better advantage. The back garden or courtyard or whatever it is is...More

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SDCHM, Education Coordinator at San Diego Chinese Historical Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 23 July 2017

Thank you for your honest review of your experience at SDCHM. I am truly sorry to hear your visit was less than acceptable. As a community museum and non-profit organization, we rely on the help of many volunteers to assist us in our day-to-day operations....More

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Reviewed 18 June 2017

Three separate buildings on 3 different streets make up the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum -- or 3 places for the price of 1 admission. Not only can you view their permanent and special exhibits, you can partake in a Tai Chi/Qi Gong practice in...More

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Reviewed 28 February 2017 via mobile

A good historical representation of Chinese life in San Diego through the history of the city. Excellent historical photographs. A nice display of history of Chinese-American San Diego residents and their World War II service. More displays and a larger venue would be appropriate.

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Reviewed 24 January 2017

With a new Executive Director this 3 building museum in the Gaslamp area of downtown San Diego is making a bigger footprint. You can now join a meet up group for Chinese on Wed. evening or a Sat. morning Tai Chi practice. "Radical Machines" is...More

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Reviewed 12 October 2016

This is a great resource to get a feel for the life of early Chinese settlers in the San Diego area. There is a fascinating model of the original Chinese fishing village that once occupied the area where the convention center now sits. the museum...More

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Reviewed 21 September 2016

If you want a glimpse of Asian American history in San Diego, this is the place. Early1900 artifacts from Chinese laundromats and grocery stores show me what life was like then in San Diego. Photos of Chinese Americans serving in WWII, a Purple Heart, letters...More

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