Founded in 1980, Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) is dedicated to preserving and presenting the history, heritage, culture and diverse experiences of people of Chinese descent in the United States. The greatly expanded MOCA at 215 Centre Street continues to be a national home for the precious narratives of diverse Chinese American communities, while striving to be a model among interactive museums. The Museum promotes dialogue and understanding among people of all cultural backgrounds, bringing 160 years of Chinese American history to vivid life through its innovative exhibitions, educational and cultural programs. In the years to come, MOCA aims to welcome diverse visitors and participants to its broad array of exhibits and programs. MOCA’s expansion accommodate its range of visitors which include: New Yorkers, domestic and international visitors, neighborhood residents, students and school groups from local and regional schools.
The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) is now open at its new location at 215 Centre Street as of Tuesday, September 22, 2009, and welcomes visitors to a series of events designed to highlight the Museum’s role as the leading museum dedicated to preserving and presenting the history and culture of people of Chinese descent in the United States. The Museum is home to its core exhibition, “With a Single Step: Stories in the Making of America,” a history of the Chinese American experience, along with a rotating art exhibition, “Here & Now: Chinese Artists in New York,” featuring contemporary artists of Chinese descent living in New York.