Chinatown: A Walk Through History


Offered April - December.

Uncover the history of one of New York City’s oldest neighborhoods! This walking tour focuses on how everyday buildings and places of historical significance reflect and shape a community--from its origins as the Native American village of Werpoes Hill in 1600 to its present status as one of the fastest-growing immigrant communities in New York City. Highlighted sites include the oldest streets in Chinatown, a Catholic church, Chinatown's oldest general store, and a Chinese eatery that catered to the needs of Chinatown’s turn-of-the-century “bachelor society.”

NOTE ON CHAPERONES: Walking Tour groups larger than 10 people will be split into two groups, each with their own educator. Groups will do the tour simultaneously, but may complete stops in a different order and will not necessarily be within eyesight of each other. Please plan accordingly and bring sufficient chaperones if your school requires a teacher to be with students at all times.

Offered At

Museum of Chinese in America

The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) is an arts and cultural center dedicated to the experiences of people of Chinese descent in the United States. Located in Manhattan's Chinatown, its art and interactive exhibits help all students develop an understanding of Chinese American history and culture.

Please see our availabilities below as we offer programs outside of our regular hours for the public.

MOCA is excited to offer both in-person and virtual, educator-led programs for school groups from grades K-12, as well as college groups. Virtual programs engage students with primary sources from the museum’s collection through close looking exercises, guided discussions, and interactive activities.

  • All virtual school programs require at least 1 teacher or chaperone present online for the duration of the program.
  • Reservations for virtual school programs must be made at least two weeks in advance.
  • All virtual school programs are offered live online and take place through the digital platform Zoom.
  • All virtual school programs are 60 minutes unless otherwise specified.
  • Virtual school programs are designed for one class at a time, allowing us to tailor the program to the teacher and students. If your group is larger than 30 participants, we ask that you make arrangements to divide your group and schedule two or more virtual visits.
  • We welcome groups with special needs. Please contact the Education Department at for information regarding programs and accommodations.
  • We require a completed payment slip to hold your reservation. If we do not receive your payment slip two weeks prior to your visit, we reserve the right to cancel your reservation.
  • Payment can be made by credit card, check, or NYC DOE Purchase Order. Please make checks payable to ‘Museum of Chinese in America’. If you need us to issue a partial refund of your check after the visit, please allow 5-7 business days for processing.
  • If your group must cancel its visit, the museum requires a minimum of 3 business days’ advance notice, or we will charge a $30 cancellation fee per scheduled program.
  • Please arrive ON TIME to the virtual school program. Groups arriving late will miss all or part of their program in order to respect our museum scheduling.

In-Person & Virtual Program Fees (per group):
$75/ DOE Title 1 School*
$100/NYC Public School/CUNY/SUNY
$125/Independent and Out of State Schools (K-12)
$150/College and University Students, Adults
*Title 1 schools in Chinatown, Two Bridges, and the Lower East Side may qualify for reduced rates or waivers. Please ask for details when you make a reservation.

MOCA no longer requires proof of vaccination. At this time masks are required for all staff and all visitors age 2 and over. All out-of-state visitors must follow all applicable health and safety protocols required by the New York state COVID-19 Travel Advisory, which may include quarantine.



History, 19th Century, 20th Century, Social Studies, Cultural Connections, My Community


15 students


75 min.


Field Trip


6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Adult, Postsecondary

Price Options

$150.00 per Group for Adults

$150.00 per Group for Postsecondary School

$125.00 per Group for Private School

$100.00 per Group for Seniors

$100.00 per Group for Public School

$75.00 per Group for Title I School