Docent-led Museum & Garden Tour
Every first Saturday of the month, 11:00am – 12:00pm
Enjoy a docent-led tour of the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum’s permanent collection and featured exhibit! Museum tours are held the first Saturday of every month at 11:00am. Space is limited and reservations are required. Please RSVP by 3:30pm on the Friday prior to the tour by calling the museum at 619-338-9888. The tour is included with museum admission. For more information, please contact the museum at 619.338.9888 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Asian Pacific Historic District Walking Tour
Every second Saturday of the month, 11:00am – 12:30pm
Explore Old Chinatown and the Japanese and Filipino neighborhoods in San Diego’s old Stingaree red light district. The tour is co-sponsored by the Asian Pacific Historic Collaborative. Space is limited and reservations are required. Please RSVP by 3:30pm on the Friday prior to the walking tour by calling the museum at 619-338-9888. $4.00 per adult. For more information, please contact the museum.
3rd Saturday Lectures
Every third Saturday of the month, 11:00am – 12:00pm
Explore intriguing aspects of Chinese arts, culture, and history in a series of lectures with Senior Coordinator of Education and Exhibits Alex Stewart. Nine years preparing exhibits and education programs at SDCHM and seven years of graduate research in sociocultural anthropology at UCSD has given Mr. Stewart a wide range of expertise, and now he is eager to share this with the public. Many of these presentations feature original research on museum artifacts or firsthand ethnographic accounts from China. Space is limited and reservations are required. Please RSVP by 3:30pm on the Friday prior to the lecture by calling the museum at 619-338-9888. $5.oo for adults, free for members, children under 12, and students with valid ID. For more information, please contact the museum at 619.338.9888 or at email@example.com.
March 21: The Cosmopolitan Tang Dynasty (618-907 CE) | The Tang Dynasty 唐朝 is one of the high points of Chinese civilization, when goods, ideas, and people flowed freely over the Silk Roads and legions of loyal vassal states paid tribute to the Son of Heaven. The Confucian meritocracy firmly established itself, Li Bai 李白and Du Fu 杜甫 brought Chinese poetry to new heights, and artisans crafted tri-colored pottery still prized by collectors today. The printing press allow the proliferation of Buddhism, but Muslims, Christians, and Zoroastrians arrived in China as well. Some felt these new ideas threatened the empire’s stability, but the real challenge came from independent military governor An Lushan 安祿山 and the ambitious concubine Wu Zetian 武則天, who each seized the throne at different times. This lecture captures the art, intrigue, and cultural forces that characterize both the Tang Dynasty and Chinese history as a whole.
April 18: A Hidden Chinese Art: Snuff Bottles | Learn how and why powdered tobacco, or snuff, became a transnational craze that inspired the unique Chinese art form of crafting tiny bottles out of everything from jade to cloisonné. After Europeans discovered the New World, tobacco was one of many new commodities to find a global market, and it found a niche for itself within the system of Chinese medicine. As snuff grew in popularity from the imperial household to common merchants, ubiquitous snuff bottles became elaborate works of fashionable art. Made to fit in the palm of one’s hand, they were sculpted to produce a pleasing tactile sensation that would complement their ascetic appearance. Based on original research and the museum’s snuff bottle collection, this lecture explores the history of snuf and the techniques of carving, shaping, and painting bottles that are still in use today.