[New York, NY] December 23, 2015 — Today the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) joins the 2016 IDNYC list of participating cultural institutions. MOCA will accept in-person applications from 2015 and 2016 IDNYC cardholders.


Mayor Bill de Blasio and Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito announced that the IDNYC program, the largest municipal ID program in the country, will continue to be free for eligible New Yorkers in 2016. In addition to welcoming back all of the 2015 benefit partners, IDNYC now provides New Yorkers with free one-year memberships to MOCA, along with six other cultural institutions, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, the New Museum, the Metropolitan Opera, BRIC Arts | Media, and Pregones Theater.

“The Museum of Chinese in America is honored to participate in the second year of IDNYC with the Cultural Institutions Group and to offer all New Yorkers unprecedented access to MOCA’s exhibits and collections, which explore the history, heritage and culture of the city’s largest growing ethnic group – the Chinese Americans,” said MOCA President Nancy Yao Maasbach.


The Mayor announced the second year of the IDNYC program – which now boasts 670,000 cardholders and over 160,000 cultural memberships redeemed – with the launch of a digital media campaign. Returning benefits include free one-year memberships to the City’s Cultural Institutions Group and expanded discounts and benefits. A list of all partners and benefits of IDNYC is available at

“In just one year, the IDNYC program has grown to be the leading municipal identification program in the country, and an example to cities all across the world. I am proud to announce that even more New Yorkers will be able to join the ranks of IDNYC cardholders in 2016 absolutely free, so that every city resident has the confidence to interact with law enforcement, enter a government building, or pick up their kids from school. IDNYC also makes New York City’s premiere cultural institutions accessible at no cost, welcoming new and diverse audiences from across our great city. IDNYC is a card for all of us to proudly identify ourselves – as New Yorkers,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio.


MOCA currently has two exhibitions that explore 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 are on view at the Museum through March 27, 2016.


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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




IDNYC cardholders can access services and programs offered by the City as well as by businesses. IDNYC helps enhance public safety by serving as a recognized ID for interacting with NYPD. It also helps New Yorkers gain access to all City buildings that provide services to the public and is accepted as a form of identification for accessing numerous City programs and services. Additionally, IDNYC provides a dynamic series of benefits to cardholders, including a free one-year membership at many of the City’s leading museums, zoos, concert halls, and botanical gardens.