SCHEDULING A PROGRAM:
You can contact the museum at 619.338.9888 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please have the following information ready:
- Date(s) you would like to schedule the program(s) and at least two alternate dates
- Time(s) you would like to schedule the program(s)
- Grade level/age of participants
- Number of participants (maximum 30 for CEPs and Museum Tours, maximum 15 for APHD and Downtown Exploration tours)
- Your school/organization
- Name of contact person
- Contact phone number
- Contact fax/email
- Mailing address
- Physical address of school/organization (if program will take place at your location)
Please send your payment to the museum before the program date. The museum accepts cash, check or purchase orders. Make checks payable to: San Diego Chinese Historical Museum. VISA and MasterCard are accepted. Payment should be mailed to: San Diego Chinese Historical Museum, 404 Third Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101.
If your group must cancel its visit, the museum requires a minimum of 24 hours advance notice or you will be subject to a fee of 50% of the program cost.
*Please Note: In case of severe weather, the Museum reserves the right to reschedule or change a program.
MAXIMUM NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS:
If the maximum number of participants is exceeded, we ask that you make arrangements to divide your group and schedule two (or more) separate tours.
What should I expect when I visit the museum with my class?
During the Museum & Garden Tour, your students will be introduced to the history of San Diego’s historic Chinatown and Chinese immigrant community as well as broader aspects of Chinese history, art, and culture as they are led on a docent guided tour of the museum’s permanent collection housed in the historic mission building. Students will also have the opportunity to visit the museum’s Chuang Garden, which houses several sculptures and a koi pond. Students will have the option of bringing a sack lunch to enjoy in the garden. The final portion of the tour will include a visit to the museum’s Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Extension Building featuring the museum’s latest temporary exhibit.
If your visit to the museum includes a Classroom Exhibit Presentation (CEP), this will take place in the museum’s Chuang Garden where chairs and work tables will be set up for students. One of the museum’s instructors will give an interactive presentation about a topic related to Chinese history, art, or culture. The presentation will include colorful visuals, a chance for students to interact and participate in the presentation (through Q&A, interactive storytelling, learning Chinese words and pronunciation, etc.), and hands-on activities (papercutting, calligraphy, brush painting, activity worksheets, etc.). We offer CEPs suitable for all ages from preschool through high school, college, and adult audiences. For a listing of our various CEPs and other programs, please visit our website’s School or Adult Programs page.
I don’t want a tour. Do I have to make a reservation, or can I just show up at the museum with my group?
How long will the museum visit/program last?
Are there any pre or post-visit activity ideas to prepare my students for their visit to the museum?
Parking & Transportation to the Museum
For those taking public transportation, the Convention Center Station (the orange trolley line) is two blocks southwest of the museum. You can use the MTS Quick Trip Planner to plan your trip.
Arts Bus Express provides grants to schools in San Diego for field trips that offer cultural experiences. For more information or to apply for a bus grant, visit their website.
Where can we have lunch on our trip to the museum?
Can my group use the museum garden to host their own activities before or after participating in the museum program?
What happens if we arrive late or if the class is not ready to begin the program at the scheduled time?
What other types of kid or family friendly activities or events are available at the museum or in the community?
Chinese New Year Fair: January or February
The museum participates yearly in the annual Chinese New Year Food and Cultural Fair. The festivities include lion and dragon dancers that parade through the streets and performances on the main stage, which include martial arts demonstrations, Asian Story Theater, Chinese Opera, and more. There are also multiple food and vendor booths where visitors can sample traditional Chinese foods and buy a variety of Chinese and other wares. For more information, visit the San Diego Chinese New Year Food & Cultural Fair website.
Downtown Multicultural Fair: January
The museum participates each year in this free, family-friendly, fun festival with cultural entertainers, food, vendors, an entire children’s area, Global Villages and an education fair. For more information, visit the CCDC website.
Dragon Boat Festival: May at Playa Pacifica, Mission Bay Park
Spend a day on Mission Bay either as a participant or spectator in San Diego Dragon Racing. The Festival is free and open to the public. In addition to racing, visitors can enjoy the Asian Pacific Heritage Festival on land. Try out Asian cuisines, shop for arts and crafts, and appreciate the works of Asian artists and craftspeople. Entertainment, food, arts and crafts of Asian Pacific Heritage Festival continue all day. For more information, visit the SD Alliance for Asian Pacific Islander Americans website.
Family Moon Festival: September or October
Each year the museum celebrates the brightest full moon of the year during the Family Moon Festival. Children have the opportunity to make their own mooncakes, and audience members help museum staff retell Chinese legends about the jade rabbit and fairy princess living on the moon. Festivities in the museum garden will include Chinese arts and crafts, a calligraphy demonstration and, a chance to sample various types of mooncake. For more information, please visit the museum’s website. (Please note: information will be posted approximately one month before the event.)
Asian Film Festival: October or November
The San Diego Asian Film Festival is one of the largest showcases of Pan-Asian cinema in North America. For more information visit the Pacific Arts Movement website.
Fall Back Festival: November
The museum participates each year in this children’s cultural and historic street fair. The festival brings alive the history and culture of downtown San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter. The event features entertainment, food, demonstrations and lots of fun for children and families. For more information visit the Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation’s website.
In addition to these regularly scheduled events, the museum holds and participates in various other events throughout the year such as children’s workshops, visits from children’s book authors, etc. For information about all of our upcoming events, please visit the museum’s website.
Where can I find resources on Chinese history, art, culture & language?
Please see the Education Resources section of the museum’s website.