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.

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 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.

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
$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.

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.


Lunch Notes

We have no indoor lunch facility at the museum. Weather permitting, groups can eat lunch in nearby Columbus Park or Sara D. Roosevelt Park.

Bathroom Notes

Bathrooms are located on the lower level of the museum. The lower level is accessible by stairs or lift.

Cancellation Policy

If your group must cancel or reschedule 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
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Mon
Closed
Tues
Closed
Wed
Closed
Thur
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Subjects
Social Studies, Geography, Cultural Connections, City Planning, My Community, History, Immigration, Arts, 19th Century, 20th Century, Speaking & Listening, World War I & Ii, Government & Civics, Social Justice, Primary Sources, Music, Dance, Current Events, Myths & Legends, Folktales, Women's History, Theater, Weather And Climate, Art, Reading, Informational Texts
Activities
Field Trip, Virtual Field Trip, School Based Program, Family Programs, Professional Development
Grades
1, 2, K, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Adult, Postsecondary, Preschool
Cost
Reduced Price For Title 1 Schools
Accommodations
Esl, Special Education Programs

Learning Experiences

Field Trip

Core Exhibit Gallery Highlights Tour

Learn about MOCA’s core exhibit, With a Single Step: Stories in the Making of America, in this educator-led gallery tour that provides an overview of the Chinese in America from the 19th century through the present day. Items in the Museum’s collection are used to highlight the major themes of the exhibit. (60 minute option available)

Subjects Covered

history, 19th century, 20th century, social studies, geography, cultural connections

Grades
6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, adult, postsecondary
Capacity
25 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
75 min.
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Where Do Stereotypes Come From?

Students examine and analyze representations of the Chinese in America in political cartoons, advertisements, and pop culture ranging from the 19th century through the present day. Through a series of document-based exercises that strengthen critical thinking and visual literacy and analysis, students learn the origins of stereotypes and social fears, such as xenophobia and racism, in US society. Students make connections between representations of race and labor relations, immigration and naturalization policies, and international affairs.

Subjects Covered

history, 19th century, 20th century, social studies, social justice, primary sources

Grades
6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Capacity
25 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
75 min.
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Customs and Traditions

What are the origins of some of the major Chinese holidays? What are the meanings behind popular Chinese symbols and designs? What role does language play in Chinese culture? Through a guided gallery hunt, students will explore Lunar New Year, Cantonese opera, popular folktales, and other customs and traditions that permeate Chinese American culture.

Subjects Covered

social studies, cultural connections, arts, music, dance

Grades
1, 2, 3, k
Capacity
20 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
75 min.
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Family Journeys: The Chinese American Experience

Through an examination of personal artifacts, photographs, and documents from the Museum’s collection, students will explore the Chinese American experience from past to present. Students will learn about successive waves of Chinese immigrants, their motivations for coming, where they settled, how they were treated, how they adapted to their new life, and how they shaped American society. Hands-on activities with primary sources will encourage students to delve deeper into pertinent themes and to make connections with their personal experience.

Subjects Covered

history, immigration, 20th century, social studies, cultural connections, primary sources

Grades
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Capacity
20 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
75 min.
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Self-Guided Visit

Explore the museum at your own pace! Self-guided groups are welcome to visit our core exhibit, With a Single Step: Stories in the Making of America, as well as our special exhibits and the Our Chinatown Learning Center. K-8 self-guided groups must bring at least 1 chaperone for every 8 students. Age-appropriate worksheets are available upon request.

Subjects Covered

history, social studies, social justice

Grades
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, adult, postsecondary
Capacity
50 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
60 min.
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From Coffeehouses to Banquet Halls

Offered April - December.

Restaurants have always played an essential role in New York City's Chinatown. Trace the evolution of eateries in Chinatown, highlighting stories of diversity—the flavors of China’s regional cuisines converging in New York City; stories of legacy—Chinatown’s sons and daughters who grew up to be entrepreneurs and restaurateurs; and stories of evolution—a constant weaving between the classic and modern, the old and the new.

NOTE ON CHAPERONES: Walking Tour groups larger than 15 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.

Subjects Covered

history, 19th century, 20th century, social studies, cultural connections

Grades
6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, adult, postsecondary
Capacity
15 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
75 min.
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Exploring Chinatown's Community

Offered April - December.

Bring students to the Museum of Chinese in America for an in-person exploration of New York City’s vibrant Chinatown. Students will learn about the landmarks, businesses, and people that make up the Chinatown community, and connect them to places and people in their own home neighborhoods.

NOTE ON CHAPERONES: Walking Tour groups larger than 10 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.

Subjects Covered

social studies, geography, cultural connections, city planning, my community

Grades
1, 2, k
Capacity
10 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
75 min.
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Special Exhibition (Seasonal)

Explore MOCA’s newest, temporary exhibits in this limited time educator-led gallery tour.

Subjects Covered

history, immigration, social studies, cultural connections, arts

Grades
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, adult, k, postsecondary
Capacity
25 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
75 min.
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Mapping Chinatown

Offered April - December.

Bring students to New York City’s historic Chinatown for a fun and interactive map-themed trip! Students will explore the landmarks and businesses of Chinatown in person, then create their own maps to record their visits and what they’ve learned about this community.

NOTE ON CHAPERONES: Walking Tour groups larger than 10 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.

Subjects Covered

social studies, geography, cultural connections, city planning, my community

Grades
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, k
Capacity
10 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
75 min.
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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.

Subjects Covered

history, 19th century, 20th century, social studies, cultural connections, my community

Grades
6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, adult, postsecondary
Capacity
10 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
75 min.
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Experiences for Community Partners

MOCA Education is happy to offer any of our current 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.

Subjects Covered

history, immigration, cultural connections, my community, arts

Grades
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, adult, k, postsecondary
Capacity
30 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
60 min.
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Virtual Field Trip

School Based Program