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Museum of Chinese in America or MOCA started off in 1980 as the New York Chinatown History Project by historian John Kuo Wei Tchen and community resident/activist Charles Lai. Housed in what... Read More
Museum of Chinese in America or MOCA started off in 1980 as the New York Chinatown History Project by historian John Kuo Wei Tchen and community resident/activist Charles Lai. Housed in what Architectural Digest says is among Maya Lin's most memorable designs within the triangle that links SoHo, Little Italy, and Chinatown. Known as the preeminent museum of Chinese American culture and history in the U.S., the collections comprise more than 60,000 letters, documents, business records along with oral histories, clothing, textiles and precious photos. The Core exhibit is designed around the heart of the museum, a light-filled courtyard like the rooms of a traditional Chinese house. Today, MOCA offers the Chinatown Food Tour and From Coffeehouses to Banquet Halls Walking Tours.
215 Centre St., b/w Howard & Grand Sts; one block north of Canal St
New York, NY 10013
- Mon: Close
- Tue-Wed,: Fri-Sun; 11am-6pm
- Thu: 11am-9pm
- Adult $10; Senior $5; Student $5
- Historic Sites: "The Weekend Gallery Highlights Tour on Saturdays at 3PM is free with admission; free admission on First Thursdays; you'll need reservations for Chinatown Walking Tours."
- Best for Historic Sites Because: MOCA illustrates a heroic journey of obstacles, triumphs, understanding and ultimately, the home we share.