Event Rental



A Contemporary Space, A Profound History


In a striking space designed by acclaimed artist Maya Lin, the Museum of Chinese in America is an ideal event and meeting venue. Located at the cross-section of Chinatown, Little Italy and Soho, the Museum bridges a thoughtful, modern aesthetic with an industrial, historical feel.



Residing in a former machine works warehouse, the Museum is an intimate and unique setting for any event. The lobby and exhibit space feature bronze tiles, darkened fir floors, and reclaimed lumber. The permanent collection surrounds a pre-existing inner courtyard deliberately left raw to symbolize how much of our past we bring to our present.


The Museum of Chinese in America engages with 160 years of Chinese American history through innovative exhibitions, educational and cultural programs. Through this history, we promote dialogue and understanding among people of all cultural backgrounds. Private events have total access to our thought-provoking permanent collection and exhibits.


Meetings and events can be customized to include any or all of the Museum’s spaces so your guests can have a truly unforgettable experience.




Event Spaces



East West Bank Lobby


The East West Lobby features Maya Lin’s dramatic bronze-patina monument dedicated to Chinese American families, which serves as an elegant, subtle backdrop to the space. Metal-clad columns, MOCA’s curated Shop, and a stunning green-sourced timber canopy that extends out to the streetscape define this unique and versatile space.


Typically used for: Cocktail Receptions, Private Events, Social Events, Sit-Down Dinners, Tea Ceremonies, Family Reunions


Capacity —
Reception: 120
Seated: 50
Sit-Down Dinner: 25


Shum Wai Yau Courtyard


Featuring triple-height exposed brick walls and natural lighting, this dramatic and elegant courtyard is reminiscent of a traditional siheyuan (traditional courtyard homes in China). This space leads easily into classroom space and reception space. From the Courtyard, guests can see all of the permanent collection’s multimedia portraits depicting the major milestones in the Chinese America immigration journey.


Typically used for: Cocktail Receptions, Private Events, Workshops, Meetings, Tea Ceremonies


Capacity —
Reception: 100
Seated: 80


Hsien Hsien and Bae Pao Lu Chow Cultural Programs Center


Tucked away from the Museum gallery spaces, with floor-to-ceiling windows, the Cultural Programs Center is an ideal space for professional development gatherings and conference gatherings. The space transforms easily into a modern and sleek gathering venue for a Downtown social event or intimate sit-down dinner.


Typically used for: Meetings, Workshops, Sit-Down Dinners, Cocktail Receptions, Intimate Weddings


Capacity —
Reception: 70
Seated: 50
Sit-Down Dinner: 40