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Museum Of Chinese In America
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215 Centre St New York, NY 10013
215 Centre StreetUSNew YorkNew York10013
History Museum, Art MuseumToday 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Monday ClosedTuesday 11:00 am – 6:00 pmWednesday 11:00 am – 6:00 pmThursday 11:00 am – 9:00 pmFriday 11:00 am – 6:00 pmSaturday 11:00 am – 6:00 pmSunday 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Designed by Maya Lin, and located at the crossroads of SoHo and Chinatown, MOCA presents the dynamic history of Chinese Americans, offering exhibits, public programs, walking tours and family events.
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Small museum focused on the Chinese experience in America through exhibits & public programs.- Google
"The interior design is awesome and the facilities are very clean."
"This is a family friendly museum that has different kinds of events."
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Erini Parmini
a month ago
Very interesting and informative
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Vic Toria
a year ago
I love this museum. The interior design is awesome and the facilities are very clean. It's a small museum that changes has very interesting exhibits every so often. The staff is very friendly and helpful...because i worked there! :) This is a family friendly museum that has different kinds of events. Some good family events to look out for include the Qing Ming Festival, and if not they offer jazz, fashion, or documentary screenings centered around the Asian American theme.
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3 years ago
As a Mainland Chinese, feel the topics odd and partial, and also some description is different from what I know in China. As a tourism major student, feel the exhibitions are well-organized, especially well using multimedia. In general however, as the topic choices are not ideal, my rate is inclined to negative.
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3 years ago
An important place for non-Chinese to visit, and those of Chinese heritage who may know little about their immigrant ancestors' experience. The permanent exhibition moves through six or seven galleries, tracing the Chinese experience from leaving Asia, through the degrading experiences of "otherness" upon arrival in the nineteenth century, to Anglo fascination with the "oriental" (Charlie Chan movies and Chop Suey), through the cold war, and on to the accomplishments of great Chinese Americans. Each gallery offers one simple idea, presented in a short Chinese poem, or for the one who likes to read labels, a more in depth explanation of that idea is available. The exhibition is enhanced with many objects and interactive experiences including sound, video, and simulations--one of which allows the visitor to be interrogated as a Chinese person would have been upon arriving at Ellis Island. Two additional galleries feature rotating exhibitions. I viewed the work of a contemporary Chinese American ceramicist and a kid-friendly show on Chinese puzzles! The gift shop offers inexpensive and quality souvenirs as well as pricier collectible items, in addition to a broad range of books. The Museum interior was designed by famed architect Maya Lin (Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Washington, D.C.). An inner interior courtyard serves as the core of the space, evoking the idea of the courtyards of traditional Chinese dwellings. The lower level offers classroom space for more in depth engagement through the museum's public programs. Don't miss out on this one of a kind museum located near the heart of Chinatown.
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Crystal Cun
11 months ago
Despite being a Chinese-American, I have never really studied the history of Chinese people in America and was surprised at the complexities and tensions between Chinese immigrants and Americans (who were themselves immigrants just a couple generations before). The museum isn't large (you could cover it in an hour or so) but the displays are well thought out and feel fresh and relevant to racial issues today. If you go on Thursdays, admission is even free.
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Terresa Ling
2 years ago
The Museum of Chinese in America used to be a very small museum that was only a room or two. Now they have expanded to a much larger experience, but still leans toward a small kind of museum compared to the MET. Note that you can check out the museum for FREE on Target's FREE Thursdays. There are videos and recordings that play, as well as ancient black and white photos that show the familiar street names of Chinatown. They also have a unique museum store.
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Linda Newman
2 years ago
all needs to visit, you will have so much fun
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5 years ago
I was looking forward to the opening of the newly redesigned museum, but came away from my first visit slightly disappointed. In short, the museum is much smaller than expected, not well organized, and I thought the selection of topics and materials was also a little odd. But it is worth a visit if you are really interested in the topic and have a lot of time to go into the details of the exhibition. So, concerning the size, the whole place is not much larger than your average Manhattan apartment. (OK, maybe a little.) After seeing it, I asked whether there was more stuff upstairs, but there is no upstairs. A $7 ticket price is actually a lot for such a tiny space. I guess most of it is spent on the 4 to 5 security guys who were walking around in this small place. Might be better to spend some of that money on real museum guides. The organization of the exhibit was also confusing. Maybe a third of the material consists of various more or less interesting items relevant to the history of Chinese in the Americas, a third consists of multimedia installations that you can can view or listen to, and the other third consists of (far too many) biographies of famous Chinese Americans. One problem is that there is a lot of written material in fairly small print on the wall. Too much, and too small. Reading it all would take half a day, but there is no guidance on what to read first, and what to maybe skip. In general, the whole exhibition is missing structure, and feels like just a collection of conversation pieces. And then you have up to 3 audio presentations blaring at the same time in each of the tiny rooms. Now, if you have a whole day for the museum, the material would be very worthwhile. But if you only plan to visit for an hour or two, it is difficult to get much out of it. Finally, the selection of material and topics. I see two major issues: First, too much emphasis on stories and not enough on "facts and figures". Maps, demographic figures, historic overviews are missing. Second, maybe in an attempt to serve as a generic museum for everything Chinese in the US, there is no sense of place in much of the exhibit. It tends to show immigrants as generic Chinese from random places in China who then ended up as generic Chinese Americans in the US. There is little discussion of where people really came from and what the conditions they escaped were (e.g., the Taishanese and the impact of the Hakka Punti Wars on immigration). Very little about the history of the Chinese in New York (e.g., the CHLA, unions, village organizations), or in San Francisco, or in the Western mining towns, or Hawaii, or in any particular place. It is all generic. So, in summary, interesting but somewhat disappointing. Small and cramped, and difficult to navigate if you only have 1-2 hours. But worthwhile if you have the time and patience. Hopefully, they will expand in the future and use the extra space to fix some of the problems.
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