San Diego Chinese Historical Museum

San Diego Chinese Historical Museum

San Diego Chinese Historical Museum
4.5
Friday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
About
The San Diego Chinese Historical Museum is a nonprofit organization dedicated to collecting, preserving and sharing Chinese and Chinese American art, culture and history. We have two facilities in San Diego's Asian Pacific Historic District. The first is our Mission building, a historic church that was relocated, restored, and which now houses our permanent exhibition. The Chuang Garden is behind the Mission. The second is our Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Extension, where we hold special exhibitions.
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AllanGoRedSox
boston37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
A gem of a small Museum in an interesting building. If you are interested in other cultures in their experiences in the USA, specifically San Diego, I recommend you come here. It was well worth the $8 I paid as an adult. There were two sides to the main room one about the actual San Diego experience of Chinese immigrants and the other about the history of China but it seemed to fit well. There were some nice things outside in the courtyard and there is an annex building across the street that you need a dose of to walk over and let you in. The exhibit there now is all about the former conductor of the San Diego Orchestra, an immigrants from Indonesia or Malaysia of Chinese background, who was quite successful as a conductor. The docent was interesting and had some stories to tell. They were born in Taiwan.
Written 12 May 2023
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Terry123
Manchester, UK67 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
Never heard of this business.
Getting junk mail
Why should I have to get junk mail from them?
They must have got my email from a junk mail list.
Written 1 January 2023
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GlobalGypsy_13
San Diego, CA2,652 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
This small museum on a downtown corner tells the story of the Chinese in San Diego through objects & a courtyard garden with sculptures and a koi pond; at 9 a.m. on Saturdays all are welcome to a free Tai Chi/Qi Gong class.. There's also an active monthly lecture program at a nearby building and a special exhibit in the annex across the street. The fun dragon show just closed (Jan. 2020) and next up is Chinese children paintings. Admission includes all 3 venues. There's a small gift counter in the annex and metered street parking. For a memorable cultural experience head to the Gaslamp area in downtown San Diego.
Written 2 February 2020
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mytwocentsxyz
Washington DC, DC78 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Very educational and informative. Learned a lot about the history of Chinese in San Diego. Staff is very friendly
Written 20 November 2019
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Georgeann B
Perth, UK22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Couples
Very interesting. We were given a detailed explanation of the story depicted in the carving pictured here.
Written 4 September 2019
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jean_of_San_Diego
San Diego, California3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
Learned about the history of how Chinese did when they first came to San Diego, saw the archeology dig findings from old China town of 100 years ago. Enjoyed the award winning garden with beautiful koi fishes. SAw many artifactures, furnishing and lots of great carving at the museum permanent collection. Then walked over to the extension across the street where the current Dragon Exhibit is held. Check out a Dragon birthday calendar but found I was not a dragon, other wise I get a dragon necklace. It is so great they have a selfie corner so you can take photo with big dragon on display and wear fancy dragon outfits and fancy empress hat. The exhibit filled with everything dragon and evolution of dragon. I got a dragon brochure to study the difference between Chinese and western dragon, it's most educational.
Written 6 August 2019
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chickabeegrrl
Elk Grove, CA2,224 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Couples
The San Diego Chinese Historical Museum is a small but nice place to visit and learn a bit about the Chinese influences in San Diego. They also have a couple of satellite sites/extensions that offer something different. The museum has a lot that can be explored and they offer tours in English and in Mandarin, which can be nice for some folks. The location is very nice - near Gaslamp and Downtown. Very walkable from Seaport.
Written 27 July 2019
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Michelle248367
Rochester Hills, MI201 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Solo
Two museums across street from each other and admission covers both for $5. This is small, but has quite a collection. Across the street is running dragon exhibit.
Written 2 June 2019
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GlobalGypsy_13
San Diego, CA2,652 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Couples
This museum is spread across three buildings within a 5 minute walk of each other. One has a permanent collection that shows the Chinese history in San Diego; the courtyard with a koi pond and statues comes alive with Tai Chi classes (free) on Saturday mornings. Directly across the street is another building where special exhibits are held. At the Archives that is 2 blocks away, lectures and special events, such as movie screening are held. For a taste of Chinese culture and what the Gaslamp District looked like, do go to the SDCHM.
Written 30 April 2019
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Dan W
Portland, OR1,935 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Solo
The Chinese in San Diego during the 19th and 20th centuries certainly had an impact and this small museum provides a very nice collection of items and information to bring all the history to visitors. There is also a very nice Chinese garden in back and on the side. Friendly staff and a pleasure to visit.
Written 24 January 2019
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