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San Diego Chinese Historical Museum

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Address: 404 3rd Ave, San Diego, CA 92101-6803
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Discover the best kept secret in downtown San Diego. The San Diego Chinese...

Discover the best kept secret in downtown San Diego. The San Diego Chinese Historical Museum is a nonprofit organization dedicated to collecting, preserving and sharing Chinese and Chinese American art, culture and history. Exhibits include a hand-carved bed that belonged to a Chinese warlord, a 1500-year-old limestone Buddha head, a tranquil Asian garden and koi pond, intricate miniature models of old Chinatown buildings, and there are always new exhibits in our new extension building.

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Joion the Family

With a new Executive Director this 3 building museum in the Gaslamp area of downtown San Diego is making a bigger footprint. You can now join a meet up group for Chinese on Wed... read more

Reviewed 23 January 2017
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San Diego, California
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Reviewed 27 February 2017 via mobile

A good historical representation of Chinese life in San Diego through the history of the city. Excellent historical photographs. A nice display of history of Chinese-American San Diego residents and their World War II service. More displays and a larger venue would be appropriate.

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Thank Michael S
San Diego, California
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290 reviews
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Reviewed 23 January 2017

With a new Executive Director this 3 building museum in the Gaslamp area of downtown San Diego is making a bigger footprint. You can now join a meet up group for Chinese on Wed. evening or a Sat. morning Tai Chi practice. "Radical Machines" is the new exhibit that is featured in one of the 3 bulldings that make up... More 

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Thank GlobalGypsy_13
Rye, Colorado
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7 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 October 2016

This is a great resource to get a feel for the life of early Chinese settlers in the San Diego area. There is a fascinating model of the original Chinese fishing village that once occupied the area where the convention center now sits. the museum is located in the once China Town section of the Gaslamp District and has many... More 

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San Francisco, California
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16 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 September 2016

If you want a glimpse of Asian American history in San Diego, this is the place. Early1900 artifacts from Chinese laundromats and grocery stores show me what life was like then in San Diego. Photos of Chinese Americans serving in WWII, a Purple Heart, letters to home, a collection that stirs emotions. There are other permanent and rotating exhibits in... More 

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Thank Ann2450-12
San Diego, California
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Reviewed 11 September 2016

The SD Chinese History Museum always delights me due to their active and varied calendar. Activities spread across three 1 room locations in the heart of the original Stingray or Chinese part of downtown San Diego that today is know as the Gaslamp. You can go to a lecture, view artifacts from this area, exercise in a Tai Chi class... More 

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Kansas City, Missouri
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Reviewed 1 June 2016 via mobile

Fascinating local history. Well done displays celebrating Chinese immigrant stories. Outdoor garden a real surprise. Well worth the stop.

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Riverside, California
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Reviewed 3 April 2016 via mobile

Mislabeled artifacts. Cobwebs on a prominent statue. Unkempt garden. Locked doors at secondary facilities. Docent engaged with personal business on computer. How about engaging the guests? Curating the exhibits? Create Chinese labels to go side by side the English-only versions. This place seems to have become complacent in its purpose made possible by the generosity of many donors.

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SDCHM, Guest Relations Manager at San Diego Chinese Historical Museum, responded to this review

Dear Kauai-Biz Traveler, I am sorry that SDCHM did not meet your expectations. We are currently in a transitional period and are striving to become a stronger asset for our community and want to demonstrate we are worthy of support and public trust. We encourage you to visit SDCHM next year (free of charge) to see the changes we have... More 

Austin, TX
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14 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 March 2016

It is obvious that the museum was put together with great care. I learned new things and appreciated the explanations that went along with the exhibit. Friendly staff answered questions and shared additional information. Small, but worth a visit!

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San Diego, California
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14 reviews
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Reviewed 4 March 2016

I visited the SD Chinese Historical Museum during the Chinese New Year festival in February. Being a history buff - especially of local history - I enjoyed looking at all the exhibits relating to the history of Chinese people in San Diego and the history of the area around the museum. There is a beautiful garden in the back -... More 

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San Diego, California
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290 reviews
178 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 June 2015

This "museum complex on 3 different streets in San Diego's Chinatown that today is known as the Gaslamp and was previously also the locale of prostitutes and called the Stingray is well-worth visiting. Included is a traditional museum with historical artifacts from nearby archeological digs, a special exhibit location that's almost across the street in the Dr. Sun Yatsen Memorial... More 

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