MOCA No Longer Requires Proof of Vaccination

Your safety , and that of our team, continue to be our top priority, so at this time masks are required for all staff and all visitors age 2 and over.

All out-of-state visitors must follow all applicable health and safety protocols required by the New York state COVID-19 Travel Advisory, which may include quarantine.

Thank you for your support!

For more on where to get vaccinated, visit New York City’s Vaccine Finder.

Hours at 215 Centre Street

Beginning on October 27, 2022, MOCA will welcome the general public only on Saturdays from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM ET and two hours before any in-person programming. School tours, corporate tours, and other group tours will continue by appointment throughout the week. The public may also access the museum two hours before any in-person programming. This modified schedule will run until Spring 2023. During this time, we will continue our robust virtual programming as scheduled. Our educational and public programs will engage audiences through thoughtful discussions, performances, and community building. We hope to partner with organizations near and far, as well as authors and speakers.

Sunday – Friday: The Museum is closed to the public. Self-Guided Visits for large groups and Guided Group Tours are available upon request.

Saturday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Kindly note the Museum is closed to the public on Saturday, December 24, 2022 (Christmas Eve), and Saturday, December 31, 2022 (New Year’s Eve).

We look forward to seeing our visitors in person on Saturdays and through our various in-person and virtual programs. Should you have any questions about MOCA’s schedule adjustments, feel free to email us at

MOCA offers both in-person and virtual, educator-led programs for school groups from grades K-12, as well as college groups. Virtual programs engage students with primary sources from the museum’s collection through close looking exercises, guided discussions, and interactive activities.

In-Person Gallery Tours

MOCA’s gallery tours offer students a wide range of experiences in our permanent exhibit With a Single Step: Stories in the Making of America. All gallery tours are 75 minutes. Click here to book a gallery tour!

Virtual School Programs

MOCA is excited to offer virtual, educator-led programs for school groups from grades K-12, as well as college groups. Virtual programs engage students with primary sources from the museum’s collection through close looking exercises, guided discussions, and interactive activities. Click here to book a virtual program!

Book a MOCA Masterclass Tour: Understanding the History of Exclusion to Break Stereotypes and Stop Hate

If your organization or employee resource group is interested in debunking stereotypes and breaking down unconscious bias to enable individuals and institutions to create more opportunities for development and growth, we would love to work with you to bring a MOCA Masterclass Museum Virtual or In-Person Tour to your workplace.

We can take audience members on a journey through 200 years of Chinese American history through a personally guided tour of MOCA’s permanent exhibition With a Single Step: Stories in the Making of America and/or MOCA’s special exhibition Responses: Asian American Voices Resisting the Tides of Racism. We can discuss Chinese American and Asian American Pacific Islander history and break/challenge stereotypes and terms such as “yellow peril,” “perpetual foreigner,” and “model minority.” By unpacking the history of anti-Asian racism in America and how these stereotypes originate and lead to unconscious bias, this masterclass tour enables every audience member to emerge with more awareness of one’s own assumptions, and constructively challenge and overcome these barriers to create more opportunities for personal development and institutional growth. Email us at to inquire and book a museum virtual tour today! Tours can be live-streamed from the Museum premises directly to standard streaming platforms such as Zoom, Google Meets, Microsoft Teams, and Cisco Webex.


FREE Admission: In celebration of receiving a generous donation from Mackenzie Scott, the Museum will offer free admission for all throughout the run of the Responses exhibition. No reservations needed for individual visits.

General admission: $12
Seniors (65+ with ID): $8
Students (with school ID): $8
Military: $8
Educators: $8
Children age 2+: $8
Visitors with disabilities (and one caretaker): free
Cool Culture families: free
MOCA members: free

Manhattan Chinatown and Two Bridges residents — Pay As You Wish

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

Additional Support

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

Culture Connected’s Mission

Culture Connected is a new NYC access program developed by ArtsConnection and designed to link families to the arts through virtual activities, EBT discounts, and reduced-price events. Though designed to center the needs of NYC’s most historically disenfranchised families, Culture Connected is for everyone! With activities for kids and teens, any parent, caregiver, educator, young mind, and/or creative mind are welcome to explore a range of themes and activity formats from cultural partners across the 5-boroughs. Additionally, Culture Connected helps facilitate museum admissions for EBT cardholding families by offering family admission tickets for either FREE or $1.00 to participating institutions.

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



215 Centre Street, New York, NY 10013
(b/w Howard & Grand Sts; one block north of Canal St)

The MOCA Workshop- Collections & Research Center

3 Howard Street, New York, NY 10013

Free Digital Guide

Discover more about the Museum in our bilingual digital guide on Bloomberg Connects, the free arts and culture app. Explore our permanent collection, get a behind-the-scenes look at our Responses exhibition, and more with exclusive audio content and commentary. Download the app here.


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, 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.

Visitor Policies

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 is excited to have reopened its indoor exhibitions and to welcome you back for engaging programs. For the health and safety of our visitors, we’ve made a few changes to our policies. By visiting MOCA, you agree to abide by all visitor guidelines and any additional safety protocols that may be in effect upon your arrival.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Wear a Mask

All visitors two years and older must wear a mask that covers their nose and mouth during the entire length of their visit. MOCA reserves the right to refuse entry to anyone who declines to wear a face mask or comply with visitor safety guidelines.

  • Practice Physical Distancing

Families are asked to stay 6 feet apart from one another and give each other the space they need to navigate the Museum safely and comfortably. Children must stay with adults at all times.

  • Coat Check is Closed

Coat check is not open at this time. To help maximize space, we ask that you leave any large bags or bulky items at home. Strollers may be left in designated stroller parking areas.

  • Cafe is Closed

There are no food or drink offerings at the Museum at this time. Food and beverages may not be consumed while inside the Museum.

  • New York State COVID-19 Travel Advisory

Travel guidelines require all New Yorkers, as well as those visiting from out-of-state or another country, to take personal responsibility for compliance in the best interest of public health and safety. Visitors who have arrived from another state or country should consult New York’s updated travel guidelines.

  • Exposure to COVID-19

An inherent risk of exposure to coronavirus (COVID-19) exists in any public place where people are present. People visiting the Museum of Chinese in America do so at their own risk. By visiting the Museum, you voluntarily assume all risks for yourself and minors in your custody and understand that you may be exposed to or infected by COVID-19 by entering the Museum.