Walking Tours

Group Walking Tours

MOCA’s historical walking tours give students an inside look at what life was and is currently like in Chinatown. Educators will stop at 8 to 10 different sites, landmarks, and historic streets and use historical photographs and illustrations to depict how the neighborhood has evolved as well as remained unchanged over the years. MOCA offers 3 walking tours for groups: Chinatown: A Walk through History, From Coffeehouses to Banquet Halls, and Preparing for Lunar New Year in Chinatown (seasonal). For extended descriptions, please scroll down.


Walking tours are available Tuesday-Friday 10:00am-6:00pm and Saturday 11:30am-4:30pm.


If you are an educator and are interested in visiting MOCA with your school group, please see our educator's section.

Group Visit Fees Effective January 2015:


$2/NYC DOE Title 1 Students
$6/NYC Public School Students
$8/Independent and Out of State School Students (K-12)
$9/College Students and Seniors (65+)

$16/Customized Experiences


Note: For groups that wish to participate in both a Gallery Program and Walking Tour, discounted fees are available.

Seasonal Public Walking Tours

Preparing for the New Year in Chinatown


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.


Fee: $15/adult, $12/student & senior; $8/MOCA member. Free for children under 5. Appropriate for all ages.


Advance reservation required. Purchase tickets online.


Times: Offered on Saturdays and Sundays in February from Saturday, February 7, 2015 through Sunday, February 22, 2015 at both 11am and 1pm.

Public Walking Tours

Our public walking tour season begins in April 2015 and ends in early Dec 2015. 


Walking tours are appropriate for all ages and begin at 1:00pm on Saturdays.

Chinatown: A Walk Through History

Uncover the history of one of New York City’s oldest

neighborhoods! Examine how everyday buildings, public and commercial spaces, and streets have shaped the community from its origins as the Native American village of Werpoes Hill in 1600 to one of the fastest growing immigrant communities of present day New York City.

Fee: $15/adult, $12/student & senior; $8/MOCA member. Free for children under 5.


Advance reservation required. Purchase tickets online.


Times: Offered Saturdays at 1:00pm, with the exception of the last Saturday of the month.

From Coffeehouses to Banquet Halls


Restaurants have played a major role in Chinatown history since the early settlements. The earliest Chinese eateries in New York catered strictly to the needs of Chinatown’s turn-of-the-century “bachelor society.” Over time, however,

Chinatown’s restaurant industry would reflect the neighborhood’s changing immigrant population and needs. This themed walking tour traces the evolution of eateries in Chinatown, highlighting the ways in which these spaces have both shaped and reflected the community.


Fee: $15/adult, $12/student & senior; $8/MOCA member. Free for children under 5.


Advance reservation required. Purchase tickets online.


Times: Offered on the last Saturday of the month at 1:00pm.


Public Walking Tours Reservation Policies
Please note that all tickets purchased for our public walking tours are nonrefundable and nonexchangeable. In the case of severe weather, the Museum reserves the right to cancel any public walking tour. If a tour is cancelled by MOCA due to inclement weather, your ticket/s may be applied for an upcoming public walking tour up to one week after your originally scheduled tour OR exchanged for admission to the Museum plus a private gallery highlights tour that same day.