Museum of Chinese in America 40.7195° N -73.9992° W

Description

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.

MOCA is excited to offer 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. Please note that all school programs for Fall 2020 will be conducted virtually.

  • 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 education@mocanyc.org 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.

Virtual Program Fees (per class):
$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
$100/Seniors
*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.


Lunch Notes

The museum is temporarily closed at this time. All school programs for Fall 2020 will be conducted virtually.

Bathroom Notes

The museum is temporarily closed at this time. All school programs for Fall 2020 will be conducted virtually.

Cancellation Policy

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.

Info

215 Centre Street
New York, NY 10013

+1 212-619-4785

education@mocanyc.org

Sun
Closed
Mon
9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Tues
9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Wed
9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Thur
9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Fri
9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Sat
Closed
Subjects
History, Immigration, Cultural Connections, My Community, Arts, Social Studies, Myths & Legends, Folktales, Women's History, Social Justice, Music, Theater, Dance, Weather And Climate, Geography, Current Events, 19th Century, 20th Century, City Planning, Speaking & Listening, Primary Sources, World War I & Ii, Government & Civics, Art, Reading, Informational Texts
Activities
Virtual Field Trip, Field Trip, School Based Program, Family Programs, Professional Development
Grades
3 5, 6 8, 9 12, Adult, K 2, Postsecondary, Preschool
Cost
Reduced Price For Title 1 Schools
Accommodations
Esl, Special Education Programs

Learning Experiences

Virtual Field Trip

Experiences for Community Partners

MOCA Education is happy to offer any of our current virtual learning experiences to qualifying community partners at a reduced rate of $50 per group or free of charge. Please specify your preferred program when booking. (You may choose from the following: Customs & Traditions: Dimsum, Dumplings and Duck; Customs & Traditions: Performing Arts; Family Journeys: Meet Kenneth; Family Journeys: Finding a Way; “I am Not a Virus”: Revisiting the Perpetual Foreigner Stereotype in the Time of COVID-19; Happy Lunar New Year at Home! (Seasonal))

Subjects Covered

history, immigration, cultural connections, my community, arts

Grades
3-5, 6-8, 9-12, adult, k-2, postsecondary
Capacity
30 stu.
Activity

virtual field trip

Duration
60 min.
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Happy Lunar New Year at Home! (Seasonal)

Offered January - March
Through a guided interactive virtual experience, students learn about one of the most important and long-standing holidays for Chinese communities in America and all over the world. How do people prepare for Lunar New Year? What are the meanings behind the various customs? How have Chinese Americans preserved and adapted these customs? What makes the Lunar New Year celebration unique and what makes it universal?

Subjects Covered

social studies, cultural connections, arts, myths & legends, folktales

Grades
3-5, k-2
Capacity
30 stu.
Activity

virtual field trip

Duration
60 min.
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Family Journeys: Finding a Way

Through an exploration of a selection of primary and secondary sources about two Chinese Americans -- Kenneth Ang and Hazel Ying Lee -- students will learn about the impact of race and gender discrimination in the past and be guided to make contemporary connections. In particular, students will look closely at how the Chinese Exclusion Act affected would-be immigrants and Chinese Americans.

Subjects Covered

history, immigration, women's history, social studies, cultural connections, social justice

Grades
6-8
Capacity
30 stu.
Activity

virtual field trip

Duration
60 min.
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Customs & Traditions: Performing Arts

Students will gain an appreciation of performing arts by learning about Chinese opera styles and lion dancing. Students will practice deep looking and critical reasoning skills through activities including comparing and contrasting lions and dragons, discussing the symbolism of costumes and gestures, and thinking about how the arts impact people's lives both during celebrations and as part of their everyday activities.

Subjects Covered

immigration, arts, music, theater, dance

Grades
3-5, k-2
Capacity
30 stu.
Activity

virtual field trip

Duration
60 min.
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Customs & Traditions: Dimsum, Dumplings and Duck

Through an exploration of a selection of popular Chinese and Chinese American foods, students will learn about the diversity and adaptability of Chinese food culture and make connections to their own food customs and traditions. Students will investigate how differences in geography and climate in China have created diverse, regional cuisines. Students will also explore the food customs and traditions Chinese immigrants brought with them and how these customs and traditions have been preserved, changed, or adapted to new circumstances.

Subjects Covered

immigration, weather and climate, social studies, geography, cultural connections, my community

Grades
k-2, 3-5
Capacity
30 stu.
Activity

virtual field trip

Duration
60 min.
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Family Journeys: Meet Kenneth

Through an examination of personal artifacts, photographs, and documents from the Museum’s collection and others, students will explore the Chinese American experience through the lens of Kenneth, a young Chinese boy who emigrated to the United States via Angel Island. Students will consider what the journey was like, learn about the specific challenges Chinese immigrants faced, investigate the conditions on Angel Island, and reflect on immigration laws like the Chinese Exclusion Act. Interactive activities coupled with close looking will encourage students to make connections between past and present experiences of immigrants to the U.S., and even their own.

Subjects Covered

history, immigration, social studies, cultural connections, my community, social justice

Grades
3-5
Capacity
30 stu.
Activity

virtual field trip

Duration
60 min.
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“I am Not a Virus”: Revisiting the Perpetual Foreigner Stereotype in the Time of COVID-19

A remotely guided program using primary and secondary sources from MOCA’s collections and others to analyze the history and impact of the perpetual foreigner stereotype, with an emphasis on how that stereotype has affected, and continues to affect, people of Chinese heritage (or perceived as being Chinese or of Chinese heritage) in the U.S. during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Subjects Covered

history, immigration, social studies, cultural connections, social justice, current events

Grades
9-12, postsecondary, adult
Capacity
30 stu.
Activity

virtual field trip

Duration
60 min.
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Field Trip

School Based Program