San Diego Chinese Historical Museum Gears Up for Macy’s Museum Month with a Full Calendar of Events

February 1, 2018


San Diego, CA, February 1, 2018 – The San Diego Chinese Historical Museum (SDCHM) is excited to celebrate the 29th Annual Macy’s Museum month with special events and a new exhibit at their three museum locations in downtown San Diego. SDCHM is one of more than 40 San Diego museums participating in this program that offers reduced admission if visitors pick up a pass at any San Diego Macy’s location.

Chinese Tea Ceremony

Tuesday, February 6 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

  • Guests will experience the preparation, craft and flavors of a tea ceremony led by Ms. Wang Yun, one of the best tea artists in China and founder of Juechadao. The museum will be hosting this event in collaboration with Global Education Elite, Juechadao and the International Tea Masters Association. Guests can attend and enjoy a tea tasting for $5.00 each. Museum members and children attend for free.

22nd Annual Chinese New Year Celebration

Sunday, February 18 at 5:30 p.m.

  • A delicious Chinese banquet, special cultural celebration and a surprise performance all happening in one evening to welcome the Year of the Dog. Individual seats and tables available, email or call (619) 338-9888.

Exhibit Opening: An Exhibit on the Life & Deeds of Dr. Shih-Liang Chien (1908-1983)

Thursday, February 22 from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m.

  • As a part of the Living Legends Series, the SDCHM’s newest exhibition focuses on Dr. Shih-Liang Chien, his family, and their precepts, or family rules for living. Precepts are an important part of Chinese heritage, and Dr. Chien’s family, from the Chien kingdom, has been following these precepts for generations. The Chien family comes from generations of royalty and scholars in China and Taiwan, and the exhibit explores the family tree with many rare artifacts.
  • One of his sons, Shu Chien, was SDCHM’s first board chair and is now an award-winning professor of bioengineering and medicine at UC San Diego. He was awarded a National Medal of Science by President Obama in 2011 for his pioneering research on the flow of red blood cells. The museum will welcome him on February 22 during the exhibition opening ceremony for a presentation called “Father’s Influence on my Life.”

Snuff Bottle Artist

Sunday, February 25 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

  • Artist Dongsheng Gao will be traveling to the West Coast from China for a very short visit, and will be making a guest appearance at the museum for a special presentation on a unique art form: snuff bottle painting. While they served as snuff vessels long ago, now the ornately-painted tiny bottles are collector’s gems. Mr. Gao, according to South China Morning Post, was named “one of the few remaining masters of the art which dates back to the late Ming dynasty.” Mr. Gao will have a collection of his bottles on display, including some pieces for sale. Guests can attend for $5.00, and museum members and children may enter free of charge.


Aside from these three events, the museum’s permanent San Diego-focused exhibit will be open as usual. All events are open to the public, free for SDCHM members and children. General admission tickets are $5.00 which includes access to all exhibits. For more information, visit or call (619) 338-9888.

About the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum:

Founded in 1986 as the San Diego Chinese Historical Society of Greater San Diego and Baja California, the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum (SDCHM) opened in 1996 and is one of few US institutions dedicated to sharing the Chinese-American experience and to promoting Chinese history, art and culture. In 30 years as a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization, SDCHM has transformed a historic, abandoned building downtown in what was once San Diego’s Chinatown into a state-of-the-art multi-site museum that plays a critical role in the cultural life of the San Diego community.   SDCHM has welcomed hundreds of thousands of visitors, collected thousands of ethnographic artifacts, and hosted hundreds of educational programs and exhibitions. SDCHM’s mission is to educate and inspire by preserving and celebrating the richness of Chinese history, art, culture and the contributions of Chinese Americans. For more information about the museum, call 619-388-9888 or visit