Museum of Chinese in America, New York City

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The Museum of Chinese in America (traditional Chinese: 美國華人博物館; simplified Chinese: 美国华人博物馆; pinyin: Měiguó Huárén Bówùguǎn; Jyutping: Mei5gwok3 Waa4jan4 Bok3mat6gun2; abbreviated MOCA) is a museum in New York City which exhibits Chinese American history. It is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) education and cultural institution that presents the living history, heritage, culture, and diverse experiences of Chinese Americans through exhibitions, educational services and public programs. Much of its collection was damaged or destroyed in a fire in January 2020.

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  • A prior review claims a fire in January 2020 destroyed the museum. This is NOT true. The museum is located at 215 Centre Street - and is open for business as usual. The fire occurred at another...  more »
  • This museum was on our list of must-see places to visit in NYC, but we missed it last visit. The museum was hit by fire on Jan 23, and the museum has been destroyed. It will be rebuilt.  more »
  • A great place to see for anyone with Chinese roots or an interest in the history of Chinese in America (beginning in the mid 1800s). Many of the exhibits capture the essence of what it was and is like to be a Chinese immigrant/resident in America, and I appreciated the down-to-earth yet informative captions. The digestible size of the museum makes it so you can gain an expansive view of the history without feeling overwhelmed by the content. Certainly a valuable educational institution to have in the Chinatown area. Worth the visit!
  • it's a great space to learn about the history of this particular ethnic group coming to the United States, as well as a commentary on how they shaped New York City as well as the United States. I also love how involved they are in the community and there are always upcoming shows that support local artists. The staff are all lovely and their gift shop is actually quite fun!

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