MOCA to Require Proof of Vaccination

New York City’s “Key to NYC” has been updated as of December 14th, 2021 . Effective immediately, Children 5 to 11 are required to show proof of vaccination and that they received at least one dose of the vaccine. MOCA is requiring all patrons ages 12 and older to provide proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours for entry.

Acceptable methods for providing proof of COVID-19 vaccination include:

  • New York State Excelsior Pass
  • NYC COVID Safe App: Android | iOS
  • CDC Vaccination Card (Photo or Hard Copy)
  • NYC Vaccination Record
  • A photo or hard copy of an official vaccination record of a vaccine administered outside the United States for one of the following vaccines: AstraZeneca/SK Bioscience, Serum Institute of India/COVISHIELD and Vaxzevria, Sinopharm, or Sinovac.

Visitors need to present an ID matching the name on your vaccine documentation. For children under 18, additional identification does not need to be displayed. All patrons are also required to wear masks while inside the museum. Vaccination requirements and venue protocols are subject to change, be sure to check back for the latest information. Our top priority is the safety of everyone who walks through our doors. We appreciate your understanding and patience as we continue to respond to ever-changing conditions.

Hours at 215 Centre Street

Wednesday: Self-Guided and Guided Group Visits Only. Find reservation details for group visits here.

Thursday: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Monday, Tuesday, & Holidays: The Museum is closed to the public on Monday and Tuesday.

In celebration of the holiday season, MOCA will be closed from Monday, December 20, 2021, through Wednesday, January 5, 2022. The museum will reopen to the public on Thursday, January 6. We look forward to welcoming you to MOCA in 2022!


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

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.