In 1986, the San Diego Chinese Historical Society formed in order to preserve and share Chinese and Chinese American history and culture. Ten years later, it founded a museum, which has outgrown its original building, welcomed over 800 current members, launched successful education and community outreach programs and become a landmark in the downtown community.
The museum’s exhibits share the heritage of San Diego’s Chinese community and the essence of Chinese arts and culture through historic photographs, miniature models, ancient artifacts and explanatory text. Special events also celebrate holidays like the Chinese New Year, the Moon Festival, and Veterans Day.
Current & Upcoming Exhibitions
ONGOING TOURS & LECTURES
- Emotions and Landscapes: An Exhibit on the Paintings of Yihong Zhou | until August 11, 2018
Our new exhibition features Yihong Zhou, a contemporary Chinese painter whose primary focus is portraiture. Classically trained, Zhou studied at the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, earning his Bachelor of Arts from the Faculty of Oil Painting in 1983. Rejecting the portraiture trends set by his contemporaries, Zhou sought to follow his own path in creating his own unique style. Rather than confining himself within the bounds of any single technique, Zhou instead gained inspiration from his subjects and their settings, allowing them to dictate his brushwork. The result is work replete with expressive strokes that truly capture the essence of the moment. Accordingly, his portraits provide a glimpse into the daily life of Chinese citizens from the last few decades, portraying moments of time captured expertly in the fast-paced and ever-changing environment of modern day China.
- Docent-led Museum & Garden Tour | Every first Saturday of the month, 11 – 12pm
Enjoy a docent-led tour of the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum’s permanent collection and featured exhibit! Museum tours are held the first Saturday of every month at 11:00am.Space is limited and reservations are required. Please RSVP by 3:30pm on the Friday prior to the tour by calling the museum at 619-338-9888. The tour is included with museum admission.
- Asian Pacific Historic District Walking Tour | Every second Saturday of the month, 11 – 12:30pm
Explore Old Chinatown and the Japanese and Filipino neighborhoods in San Diego’s old Stingaree red light district.Space is limited and reservations are required. Please RSVP by 3:30pm on the Friday prior to the tour by calling the museum at 619-338-9888. The tour is included with museum admission. The tour is co-sponsored by the Asian Pacific Historic Collaborative.
- Third Saturday Lectures | Every third Saturday of the month, 11 – 12pm | $5, Free for students with valid ID
Explore intriguing aspects of Chinese arts, culture, and history in a series of lectures with Senior Coordinator of Education and Exhibits Alex Stewart. Nine years preparing exhibits and education programs at SDCHM and seven years of graduate research in sociocultural anthropology at UCSD has given Mr. Stewart a wide range of expertise, and now he is eager to share this with the public. Many of these presentations feature original research on museum artifacts or firsthand ethnographic accounts from China.For a full lecture schedule, please visit www.sdchm.org/exhibitsevents/ongoingSpace is limited and reservations are required. Please RSVP by 3:30pm on the Friday prior to the tour by calling the museum at 619-338-9888. Museum admission is included with tour prices.
Visit San Diego Chinese Historical Museum
404 Third Avenue
San Diego , CA 92101
Tuesday - Saturday: 10:30 AM - 4 PM
Sunday: 12 PM - 4 PM
404 Third Avenue, San Diego, CA