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Chinese Historical Society

Chinese Historical Society
San Francisco is home to the largest Chinese enclave outside of Asia. The Chinese Historical Society of America is one of the oldest and largest organizations dedicated to the study, documentation and dissemination of Chinese-American History. The main gallery features an annotated history of Chinese Americans in the US, focusing on the years after the Gold Rush, through the 19th and 20th centuries, up to recent events. Exhibits are bilingual.


Tuesday-Friday, 12:00 pm-5:00 pm;
Saturday, 11:00 am-4:00 pm


Sunday,Monday,and Holidays

Redemption Instructions

Present your card at the Museum main ticket desk for general admission.


The Museum is free to the public on the first Thursday of every month. We advise visiting on an alternate day to avoid crowds.


965 Clay Street
San Francisco, CA

Public Transportation

#30 Bus-disembark on Stockton between Sacramento and Clay Streets; #1 Bus-disembark near Clay and Powell or Clay and Stockton.
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Hidden Gem
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Comments about Smart Destinations Chinese Historical Society:

Gem of a museum hidden in Chinatown. The collection isn't vast, but it is informative and worth the climbing the hills to get there. The size makes it perfect for limited attention spans!

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  • Open year-round
  • Good for families
  • No parking available
  • No restaurant or snack bar
  • Restrooms
  • Disabled access
  • Reservations not required

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965 Clay Street
San Francisco, CA

Phone: 415-391-1188

Website: Chinese Historical Society

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