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Museum of Chinese in America

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Address: 215 Centre St, New York City, NY 10013-3601
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+1 212-619-4785
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Tue - Wed 11:00 - 18:00
Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sun 11:00 - 18:00

Founded in 1980, the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) is dedicated to...

Founded in 1980, the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) is dedicated to preserving and presenting the history, heritage, culture and diverse experiences of people of Chinese descent in the United States. 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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Small, but informative

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... read more

Reviewed 23 November 2016
Mariel D
Long Island, New York
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Detroit, Michigan
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Reviewed 12 January 2017

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 museum is. As someone with a Chinese heritage, the information opened my eyes to the rich history that... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Reviewed 12 January 2017 via mobile

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 walk out learning something new about the history of Chinese in America. Most notably, the exhibit about the evolution of Chinese American food was one of... More 

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Long Island, New York
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Reviewed 23 November 2016

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 did to Chinese immigrants. It was eye-opening. The staff was so friendly and two members came up to us to ask if we wanted to partake in the... More 

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Reviewed 15 November 2016

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... More 

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Savannah, Georgia
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Reviewed 11 November 2016

I didn't have high expectations for this museum, but once I went, it was surprisingly good. Had a lot of great information regarding how chinese immigrants have been involved in American history since very early on. This museum really helped my child understand and become more entune to his chinese heritage. I would definitely recommend visiting when in the Chinatown... More 

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Hollywood, Florida
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Reviewed 19 October 2016

We have been to MOCA several times - each time the exhibit is amazing. Currently they have an exhibit called Sour Sweet Bitter Spicy. They interviewed 30 plus chefs about their experiences and weaved all of the interviews together in a 90 minute video. They also had each chef bring an item of special importance to them to display. Ming... More 

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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 26 September 2016

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 difficult to discern in the relatively small space with a bunch of people. Worth a stop, but be prepared to be jostled and... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 10 September 2016

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.

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Ridgewood, New Jersey
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Reviewed 26 August 2016

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 really, it is also generally about the experience of all immigrants. And you don't have to be Chinese or Chinese-American to enjoy and appreciate the exhibits. The imterpretive information... More 

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Rock Hill, South Carolina
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Reviewed 8 August 2016

First Thursdays are free, but even if you had to pay full fare, this little museum is a well-maintained and informative way to learn about the Chinese experience in America. The exhibits were well-marked and attractive. My favorite bits were the biographies of famous and not-so-famous but important Chinese in this country. The staff was friendly and helpful.

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