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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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Unique and Interesting Aspect of San Diego History

A good place to kill an hour or two and learn about an aspect of San Diego history that is... read more

Reviewed 1 September 2017
San Diego, California

Sadly, not a whole lot here. Not well displayed or explained. Dusty and dated. Most of the... read more

Reviewed 22 July 2017
Tucson, Arizona
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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.
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404 3rd Ave, San Diego, CA 92101-6803
+1 619-338-9888
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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

Thank merlot1234
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

Thank betterontheroad
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

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

Thank GlobalGypsy_13
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.

1  Thank Michael S
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

Thank GlobalGypsy_13
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

Thank dragonflysinn
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

Thank Ann2450-12
Reviewed 12 September 2016

The SD Chinese History Museum always delights me due to their active and varied calendar. Activities spread across three 1 room locations in the heart of the original Stingray or Chinese part of downtown San Diego that today is know as the Gaslamp. You can...More

1  Thank GlobalGypsy_13
Reviewed 1 June 2016 via mobile

Fascinating local history. Well done displays celebrating Chinese immigrant stories. Outdoor garden a real surprise. Well worth the stop.

1  Thank Teachur
Reviewed 4 April 2016 via mobile

Mislabeled artifacts. Cobwebs on a prominent statue. Unkempt garden. Locked doors at secondary facilities. Docent engaged with personal business on computer. How about engaging the guests? Curating the exhibits? Create Chinese labels to go side by side the English-only versions. This place seems to have...More

1  Thank Kauai-Biz-Traveler
SDCHM, Guest Relations Manager at San Diego Chinese Historical Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 20 April 2016

Dear Kauai-Biz Traveler, I am sorry that SDCHM did not meet your expectations. We are currently in a transitional period and are striving to become a stronger asset for our community and want to demonstrate we are worthy of support and public trust. We encourage...More

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