Opening its doors to the public in 1996, the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum (SDCHM) is one of America’s foremost institutions dedicated to sharing the Chinese American experience, and to promoting Chinese art and culture. In over thirty years as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, SDCHM has transformed a historic, abandoned building 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.

Each year, tens of thousands of people participate in Museum events.  SDCHM’s education programs share Chinese history and the contributions of Chinese Americans in classrooms around San Diego County. Monthly lectures delve into the intrigues of China’s past and the art of China’s present, and monthly walking tours uncover the multicultural history of San Diego’s Asian Pacific Historic District.Renowned scholars and accomplished artists stop by to present their latest insights and achievements. Original exhibitions share both the history of San Diego’s Chinatown and highlight aspects of the broader Asian heritage from which it sprung.

Museum Hours

Day Hours
Monday Closed
Tuesday 10:30AM-4:00PM
Wednesday 10:30AM-4:00PM
Thursday 10:30AM-4:00PM
Friday 10:30AM-4:00PM
Saturday 10:30AM-4:00PM
Sunday 12:00AM-4:00PM

*Closed on Mondays and the following holidays: New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day

The Museum also brings our diverse community together to celebrate holidays like Chinese New Year, the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival, and to commemorate Veterans Day. Come join us today to experience Chinese art, history, and culture in the heart of downtown San Diego!