Chinese Historical Society of America, San Francisco

#27 of 48 in Museums in San Francisco
History Museum · Hidden Gem · Museum
The Chinese Historical Society of America is the oldest organization in the country dedicated to promoting the history and contributions of the Chinese in America. Since 1963, CHSA has strived to be a responsible steward of the remarkable narrative of the Chinese American community. CHSA is housed in the landmark Julia Morgan-designed Chinatown YWCA building at 965 Clay Street, San Francisco.

CHSA promotes the contributions and legacy of the Chinese in America through its exhibitions, publications, and educational and public programs in the Museum and Learning Center. Its permanent exhibition, "Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion" interprets the Chinese American experience as a key part of American history. CHSA offers tours of the Museum and the surrounding San Francisco Chinatown community for a nominal charge.
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  • I spent the day at the Chinese Historical Society of America. This first photo is a piece of embroidery was made by a woman “detained” inside Angel Island (a very different experience from Ellis...  more »
  • I greatly enjoyed this small museum in SF Chinatown. The exhibits walk you through the history of Chinese immigrants to SF and the stories of Chinese-Americans born in the city. It complemented...  more »
  • I am impressed at how they set up this museum! They did an excellent job.
  • Our group had a walking tour and it was great. Our guide was really interactive and we learned a lot about the history and even the social implications of the policies of then and how it has affected us today. Definitely a recommended for those who wish to learn about the Chinese Asian American experience

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