Hailed by the Smithsonian Magazine as "a cultural rescue mission to save a little-known immigrant heritage," MOCA’s collections document an immigrant community that arrived in the Americas with few possessions. It has grown to include more contemporary items that document the changing profile of Chinese America. After 33 years of collecting artifacts, photographs, oral histories, and archival & library materials, MOCA’s archives and collections represent an important national assemblage of materials documenting Chinese life in America. Capitalizing on its original location in the heart of historic Chinatown, MOCA renovated its original site at 70 Mulberry Street to become a dedicated Collections and Research Center. Recognizing the building as a landmark of this neighborhood’s fascinating immigrant social history, the Museum asserts the importance of maintaining its collections at this location.


To access MOCA's collections, donate an item, or apply for intern/volunteer opportunities, please contact

Operating Hours

Mon - Fri, 10am - 6pm

Research services at MOCA are available by appointment. Please go to our Research Services section for more details. 


70 Mulberry St., 2nd Fl.