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[New York, NY] August 30, 2017 — Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) will open its doors free of charge on Saturday, September 23, 2017, as part of Smithsonian magazine’s thirteenth annual Museum Day Live!, an initiative in which participating museums across the United States emulate the spirit of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington DC-based facilities, which offer free admission every day, and open their doors for free to those who download a Museum Day Live! ticket.


Smithsonian recognizes the extraordinary power of museums, and other cultural institutions, to provide visitors with insight and inspiration. The event represents a nationwide commitment to boundless curiosity and the pursuit of knowledge wherever you are. More than 200,000 people downloaded tickets for last year’s event, and this year’s event is expected to attract more museum-goers than ever before.


This year, Museum Day Live! will feature special interactive lesson plans created by Smithsonian in partnership with Microsoft using Minecraft: Education Edition. MOCA visitors will be able to utilize the Smithsonian material based lesson plans to enhance the Museum Day Live! experience.


“Each year, MOCA looks forward to its participation in Smithsonian’s Museum Day Live!,” said Nancy Yao Maasbach, MOCA President. “MOCA is diversity, culture, and community. We place our passion in sharing the untold stories in the making of the United States. This year, MOCA presents a ground-breaking, inspirational presentation of folk art and journey. As always, everyone is welcome.”


The Museum of Chinese in America’s Fall 2017 exhibition, FOLD: Golden Venture Paper Sculptures, on view from October 5, 2017 through March 25, 2018, will feature unique folk art created by Chinese immigrants detained between 1993 and 1997 at York County Prison, Pennsylvania, after the ship they were on, the Golden Venture, carrying 286 passengers ran aground off the coast of Rockaway Beach, Queens on June 6, 1993. Through the poetics of the artworks, the exhibition will provide a lens to consider past and current U.S. immigration policies and control practices.


During the run of the exhibition, MOCA will offer a series of related events, public programs, family programs, walking tours, and gallery tours. A schedule of guided tours of FOLD: Golden Venture Paper Sculptures in America will be available on the museum website. Visitors can join MOCACREATE drop-in art workshops every first and third Saturday of the month, from 1 – 4 p.m.


Please check the Museum’s website at for updates and information on upcoming programs. For press requests and images and to RSVP for the press preview on October 4, 2017 at 10 a.m., please email


FOLD: Golden Venture Paper Sculptures is made possible with the generous support of the S. H. Ho Foundation and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.


The Museum Day Live! ticket is available for download at Visitors who present the Museum Day Live! ticket will gain free entrance for two at participating venues on September 23, 2017. One ticket per email address is permitted. Tickets to MOCA’s Mid-Autumn Moon Family Festival, also on September 23, 2017, must be purchased separately. For more information about Museum Day Live! 2017 and a full list of participating museums and cultural institutions, please visit


About Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA)


The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) aims to engage audiences in an ongoing and historical dialogue, in which people of all backgrounds are able to see American history through a critical perspective, to reflect on their own experiences, and to make meaningful connections between: the past and the present, the global and the local, themselves and others.


Monday – Closed
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday – 11am-6pm
Thursday – 11am-9pm
MOCA Free First Thursdays: Free gallery admission on the first Thursday of each month, made possible through the generosity of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and J.T. Tai & Co. Foundation.


General Admission: $10
Seniors (65+ with ID), Students (with school ID), Children 2 and up: $5
Children under 2, Cool Culture Families, MOCA Members: Free


About Smithsonian Media


Smithsonian Media is comprised of its flagship publication, Smithsonian magazine, Air & Space magazine, Smithsonian Books, and the Smithsonian Media Digital Network. In addition, Smithsonian Media oversees the Smithsonian Institution’s interest in the Smithsonian Channel, a joint venture between the Smithsonian Institution and CBS/Showtime. Smithsonian Media is a division of Smithsonian Enterprises, the revenue-generating business unit of the Smithsonian Institution. The Smithsonian Institution is the world’s largest museum and research complex consisting of 20 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park, and nine research facilities. Approximately 30 million people from around the world visit the museums annually.
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Press Contact:
Kristin Stiles | High10 Media, for Smithsonian magazine Museum Day Live! | 212-918-2026


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