UPDATE - 5/1/2020



Dear MOCA Friend,



In written Chinese, the word "危机/Crisis" is composed of two characters: "危" represents danger and "机" represents opportunity. During these uncertain and unpredictable times, we face challenges, unprecedented situations, and new obstacles. We will, however, emerge stronger and more resilient than before. Remember, opportunity still exists. After we get through this together, we will rebuild collectively as a community.



In recent months, MOCA has experienced three compounding events: 1) a 5-alarm fire at its Collections and Research site creating a volatile three months of recovery, repair, and rebuild; 2) the heightened racism against Chinatowns, Asian Americans, and Asians underscoring the importance of MOCA’s education and documentation work; and 3) the global COVID-19 pandemic shuttering MOCA’s operations. This unforeseen amalgamation of disruptions has, fatefully, created greater visibility for the necessity of MOCA's work.



MOCA holds space for the marginalized to be heard, while celebrating and connecting the dots to the diversity and richness of the American narrative through the lens of the Chinese American experience. To counter the hate that has surfaced against Asian American Pacific Islanders due to the outbreak of COVID-19, MOCA recently announced the establishment of the MOCA OneWorld COVID-19 Special Collection documenting the proactive steps and incredible acts of generosity and support exhibited by the Chinese in America and the Chinese diaspora.



Most importantly, during Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, we at MOCA are committed to providing you with the best of our museum content. This May, we invite you to experience our content digitally and online through Digital Tours and Audio Guides, the Oral History Archive featuring video interviews from MOCA's Journey Wall collection, Collections Online with 35,000 digitized images from MOCA's archives, digital learning resources such as our new MOCA Heroes magazines, the My MOCA Story social media video series, MOCA Talks webcasts, and Listen with MOCA, our new website that tells the history of the Chinese in America through music, sound, playlists, and virtual cassettes.



MOCA will remain closed through May and is canceling our in-person programming through June. This decision is made with the understanding that our reopening will happen in stages as we plan for new safety protocols and allow time to reimagine how we can best serve each of you. Needless to say, we dearly miss our community members in this time of social distancing and hope that you and yours are safe and well. We are thinking of you, and we look forward to having you back in the museum once it is safe to do so.



MOCA welcomes you to send a write-up and photos to, to share a story that you believe should be recorded and documented for the OneWorld Collection. Help us continue to tell the stories of these extraordinary individuals and community groups.



We remain connected by email. Please feel free to get in touch with us directly at Please know we are here to help in any way we can.



Please follow us on these social media channels -


Instagram: @mocanyc


Twitter: @mocanyc







Stay healthy, stay strong. We look forward to welcoming you back to MOCA in the not too distant future.



Warm regards,


- Nancy Yao Maasbach, President, and the MOCA Team



MOCA has a long complex road to recovery ahead. With the Museum closed due to COVID-19, our need is greater than ever. Our GoFundMe campaign for recovery and restoration efforts remains active. Thank you for your support.  



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Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday, 11am - 6pm

Thursday, 11am - 9pm*


*MOCA Free First Thursdays
Free gallery admission first Thursday of each month except on major holidays. Made possible through the generosity of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and J.T. Tai & Co. Foundation.


The Museum is closed to the public on Monday, in addition to the special dates listed below:


Thanksgiving - Thursday, November 28, 2019

Christmas Eve - Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Christmas Day - Wednesday, December 25, 2019

New Year's Eve - Tuesday, December 31, 2020

New Year's Day - Wednesday, January 1, 2020




General Admission: $12
Seniors (65 and older with ID): $8

Students (with school ID): $8

Military: $8

Educators: $8

Children age 2 and up: $8

Visitors with disabilities (and one caretaker): free


Manhattan Chinatown and Two Bridge residents - Pay As You Wish

For Manhattan Chinatown and Two Bridge residents the amount you pay is up to you. These tickets may be purchased at a Museum admissions desk with a valid ID.


MOCA offers free admission for:

  • Visitors with disabilities and one caretaker
  • Cool Culture families
  • MOCA Members | Not a member? Become a member today!


Additional support for MOCA’s Free Admission Day is provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. 


Cool Culture’s Mission
Cool Culture® provides 50,000 underserved families with free, unlimited access to 90 cultural institutions—so that parents can provide their children with educational experiences that will help them succeed in school and life. To learn more about Cool Culture, please visit


Hours, admission prices, and schedule of events are subject to changes.

Saturday, January 25, 2020 – Lunar New Year Free Admission



215 Centre Street, New York, NY 10013

(b/w Howard & Grand Sts; one block north of Canal St)


Collections & Research Center

70 Mulberry Street, 2nd Fl., New York, NY 10013





By Subway & Bus

N, Q, R, W, J, Z, or 6 to Canal Street (2 minute walk)

B or D to Grand Street (7 minute walk)

A, C, or E to Canal Street (9 minute walk)


M1, M55, M103 buses


By Bike

Via NYC bike paths on Grand St and Lafayette St. For locking and parking your bike, CityRacks are located in front of the Museum.


Citi Bike logo

Citi Bike, New York City's bike-sharing service, has a docking station located next to the Museum on Hester St (between Lafayette and Centre Sts). Get a special discount on Citi Bike one-day and three-day passes by clicking here


For more details and nearby docks, please visit the Citi Bike website.


By Car

From Brooklyn: Follow the Brooklyn Bridge, which becomes Centre St. MOCA will be on the left.


From The Bronx: Follow the FDR Drive and take exit 5 to E. Houston St. Turn left at Bowery and right at Canal St before turning right at Centre St. MOCA will be on the left.


From Queens: Take the ramp onto I-278 W towards the Brooklyn/Queens Expressway. Turn slight left at Delancey St, turn left at Bowery and right at Canal St before turning right at Centre St. MOCA will be on the left.


From Staten Island: Take the Brooklyn/Queens Expressway and take exit 28B to merge onto the Brooklyn Bridge. The Bridge becomes Centre St and MOCA will be on the left.

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1. Public Gallery Tours

Saturdays & Sundays - free public gallery tour included with Museum admission


Introductory public gallery tour highlighting the major themes in MOCA’s core exhibit, With a Single Step: Stories in the Making of America. Visitors gain an overview of Chinese in America and become acquainted with the history of MOCA. 


Tours leave from the main lobby. No reservations are necessary. Space is available first-come, first-served. Tour times are subject to change or cancellation.

2. Private Guided Groups

Group rates are available for groups of 8 or more.  Gallery programs and walking tours for groups must email at least four weeks in advance for reservations and availability.


Please see more information on MOCA group tour page.


EDUCATORS/SCHOOL GROUPS: If you are an educator planning a field trip to MOCA, please visit the Education page.

3. Self-Guided Groups

Self-guided groups of 10 or more must call (855) 955-MOCA (6622) or email at least one week in advance for availability and receive a confirmation letter from the Education Department. Self-guided groups may be accommodated Tuesdays through Sundays depending on availability. If the Museum is at capacity, groups will be asked to standby until staff can ensure visitor safety.


Self-Guided Rates:
$12.00 per adult
$8.00 per student (K-College) or senior (65+)


Online Tour of MOCA with Maya Lin:




Flash photography, mobile phone conversations, and food and drinks are not permitted in MOCA’s galleries. Photography without flash is permitted.


In compliance with New York City law, smoking is not permitted anywhere in the Museum.


Baby strollers are permitted at all times.


MOCA welcomes all visitors! We are committed to making our collection, buildings, programs, and services accessible to all audiences. Please visit our accessibility webpage for more information.