[New York, NY] September 14, 2015 — Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) will open its doors free of charge on Saturday, September 26, 2015, as part of Smithsonian magazine’s eleventh annual Museum Day Live! On this day only, participating museums across the United States emulate the spirit of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington DC-based facilities and open their doors for free to those who download a Museum Day Live! ticket.


Inclusive by design, the event represents Smithsonian’s commitment to make learning and the spread of knowledge accessible to everyone. Last year’s event drew more than 400,000 participants, and this year’s event is expected to attract more museumgoers than ever before.


“We are thrilled to be a part of Smithsonian’s Museum Day Live!” said MOCA President Nancy Yao Maasbach. “Like the Smithsonian, MOCA strives to be inclusive of diverse cultures and communities. To that end, MOCA offers free gallery admission on the first Thursday of each month.”


The Museum of Chinese in America is pleased to present two exhibitions exploring architecture in Chinese American communities through suburban homes and urban spaces.
SUB URBANISMS: Casino Urbanization, Chinatowns, and the Contested American Landscape and Chinese Style: Rediscovering the Architecture of Poy Gum Lee,
1923 – 1968
, will be on view from September 24, 2015 - January 31, 2016.


During the run of the exhibitions, MOCA will offer a series of related events, public programs, family programs, and tours. Guided tours of SUB URBANISMS: Casino Urbanization, Chinatowns, and the Contested American Landscape and Chinese Style: Rediscovering the Architecture of Poy Gum Lee, 1923 - 1968 will be held every second and fourth Thursday at 6:30 p.m.


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 for one day only. One ticket, per household, per email address is permitted. For more information about Museum Day Live! 2015 and a full list of participating museums and cultural institutions, please visit


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About Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA)

MOCA’s mission is to celebrate the living history of the Chinese experience in America, to inspire our diverse communities to contribute to America’s evolving cultural narrative and civil society, and to empower and bridge our communities across generations, ethnicities, and geography through our dynamic stories.


Monday – Closed
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday – 11am-6pm
Thursday – 11am-9pm
MOCA First Free 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/ MOCA Members: Free
Seniors (65+ with ID) and Students (with school ID): $5
Children under 12 in groups less than 10: Free


About Smithsonian Media

Smithsonian Media is comprised of its flagship publication, Smithsonian magazine, as well as Air & Space, 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 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park and nine research facilities. Approximately 30 million people from around the world visit the museums annually.


Anne Muscarella, High10 Media, for Smithsonian magazine
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