Press Release (01/10/11): Musum of Chinese in America Celebrates the Lunar New Year with Exiting New Programs

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JANUARY 10, 2011 NEW YORK, NY - The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) has a long history of presenting exciting programs for the Lunar New Year that directly engages the community and celebrates the authentic qualities of the unique holiday in a way that no other New York institution can. This year is no different with expanded programs that reach out to a wide variety of constituents.

MOCA’s recent expansion last year was only the beginning of major growth and change for the museum. The exciting program offerings for the Lunar New Year are further examples of the Museum raising the bar for itself, appealing to new audiences and continuing to serve its established constituents--from seniors to young families.

The Museum celebrates the Lunar New Year in its beautiful new facilities creating opportunities for individuals of any age to learn and celebrate in a festive and welcoming environment. From Lunar New Year Festival Family Day, filled with activities like noodle-making and lion dancing, to hip new programs like Decoding the Chinese Almanac's Predictions for 2011 with the authors of The Pocket Almanac, the Museum offers something for everyone.

MOCA also continues its highly regarded Chinatown walking tours introducing visitors to the Lunar New Year traditions of Chinese households and taking them through the transformations of New York’s Chinatown as it prepares for one of the biggest celebrations of the year.

During this season, MOCA is synonymous with celebration, community, and learning. For full program details please see below.


Preparing for the New Year Walking Tour
Dates directly below.

Lunar New Year is the liveliest and most important celebration in Chinese culture and Chinatown is the place to experience it! MOCA’s walking tour takes visitors through Chinatown to learn about holiday traditions and customs observed by Chinese households. Witness how the neighborhood transforms itself in preparation for the New Year and discover the characteristics that make this holiday unique. Tours are rain or shine, so dress warmly and wear comfortable shoes.

Sat, Jan 22 from 1:00 pm –2:30pm
Sun, Jan 23 from 1:00 pm –2:30pm
Sat, Jan 29 from 1:00 pm –2:30pm
Sun, Jan 30 from 1:00 pm –2:30pm
Sat, Feb 5 from 1:00 pm –2:30pm

Ticket: $18/adult, $15/ student or senior (65+), $8 for MOCA members, Free for children under 5.

Location: Tours leave from the Museum lobby at 215 Centre Street (between Grand and Howard Sts)

Advance reservation REQUIRED. Email
or call 212-619-4785. Tours fill up quickly so sign up now!

Lunar New Year All Access Senior Day
Sat, Jan 29 from 10am –5pm

In celebration of Lunar New Year, MOCA offers FREE admission, including the public gallery talks (in English and Mandarin), special programs for seniors 65+ all day.

FREE for seniors (65+ with valid ID).

Visitors accompanying seniors will be charged MOCA’s regular admissions price ($7/adult; $4/student; free for MOCA members and children under 12).

Lunar New Year Talk: Decoding the Chinese Almanac's Predictions for 2011
Sat, Jan 29 from 2:30pm –3:30pm

Adorable mascot or evil rodent? What does the Year of the Rabbit hold in store? Joanna C. Lee and Ken Smith (co-authors of the Pocket Chinese Almanac) return to decode the almanac’s predictions for 2011 and share a range of New Year’s traditions designed to protect your household. Their presentation highlights the work of UNESCO-recognized folk artist Tai Liping, a 20th-generation master of nianhua ("New Year’s pictures”), the paper wall hangings replaced each lunar year for good luck, and defense against any specific tribulations predicted by the almanac.

Admission: $15/adult, $12/student, Free for MOCA members and seniors (65+). Each participant will receive a free copy of the Pocket Chinese Almanac (valued at $7). RSVP required to or 212-619-4785.


Lunar New Year Festival Family Day
Sun, Jan 30 from 10am –5pm

Join MOCA for a full-day of family festivities in celebration of the Lunar New Year. MOCA will ring in the year of the Rabbit with storytelling with Kam Mak, celebrated children’s book author, and artist of the Lunar New Year Stamp Series, a noodle-making workshop, a special lion dance performance and workshop, and family-friendly gallery talks through MOCA’s core exhibit as well as through our newest exhibit, Chinese Puzzles: Games for the Hands and the Mind. There will also be arts and crafts activities throughout the day. Ages 4 and up.

Admission: $10 per person; Free for MOCA members and children under 1 year of age.

Major support for MOCA's Festival Family Day Series is provided by: MOCA’s Festival Family Days series is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, celebrating 50 years of building strong, creative communities in New York State’s 62 counties; and the National Endowment for the Arts.


About Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA)
The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) is the leading national museum dedicated to preserving and presenting the history and culture of people of Chinese descent in the United States. From its Maya Lin-designed home on the border of Chinatown and SoHo in New York City at 215 Centre Street, MOCA collects and displays historical and cultural artifacts, and organizes traveling exhibitions, classes, discussions, and events that explore all aspects of the Chinese American experience in the United States. MOCA began as a community-based organization founded in 1980 by Chinese American artists, historians and students who felt that the memories of first-generation “old-timers” in Chinatown would be lost without oral history, photo documentation, research, and collecting efforts. Now a resource for historians and community members alike, the Museum has evolved into a national keeper of cultural information and an influential voice in the ongoing history of Chinese and Chinese American culture across the country. The Museum’s original location at 70 Mulberry Street, currently the Collections and Research Center, is in the heart of Chinatown on the second floor of the historic, century-old school building that was once Public School 23. For more information, visit

Monday: 11am-5pm
Thursday: 11am-9pm
Friday: 11am-5pm
Saturday and Sunday: 10am-5pm
The Museum is closed to the public on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, except for prescheduled group tours and special programs.

General Admission: $7
Seniors (65+ with ID) and
Students (w/school ID): $4
Children under 12 in groups less than 8: Free
MOCA Members: Free
Target Free Thursdays: Free gallery admission every Thursday through the generosity of Target

MOCA is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit educational organization supported by its members, individual donors, and by public and private funds.