The San Diego Chinese Historical Museum is a true gem in the heart of old Chinatown. Originally built in 1927 as a Chinese mission, the building was saved from demolition in the 1980s by the Chinese Historical Society of Greater San Diego and Baja California. Since then, the museum has welcomed hundreds of thousands of visitors and collected thousands of ethnographic artifacts.
Architect Joseph Wong was in charge of the renovation, making it the cornerstone of the Asian Pacific Historic District. The museum’s gallery displays models of early Chinese American settlements, artifacts excavated from old Chinatown, and equipment salvaged from local businesses of yesteryear. The relics on display, such as a jade burial suit, a limestone Buddha head, and a warlord’s bed frame, provide a brief glimpse into China’s rich history.
Over the past 27 years, the museum has hosted hundreds of educational programs and exhibitions. Today, the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum remains a piece of living history, celebrating multiculturalism, enriching the community, and showcasing San Diego as an international and cultural tourist destination. Come and explore the museum’s fascinating collection and learn about the rich history of Chinese Americans in San Diego!
Current & Upcoming Exhibitions
- Please check out information about current exhibitions here.
- Information about upcoming exhibitions may be found here
Monthly Lectures and Talks
- Explore aspects of Chinese history, culture, and arts through a series of monthly lectures hosted via Zoom in collaboration with the SDSU Chinese Cultural Center, under the series title “The Chinese American Experience & Beyond.” Find more information here.
Educational Programs and Special Tours
- The Museum’s Educational team regularly hosts tours for special interest groups, educational groups, and visitors. We also provide hands-on workshops upon request. Find more information about programs for schools and community groups here.
Visit San Diego Chinese Historical Museum
404 Third Avenue
San Diego , CA 92101
Friday - Sunday from noon - 4 p.m.
404 Third Avenue, San Diego, CA