Chinese Historical Society of America

Chinese Historical Society of America information

San Francisco , USA
965 Clay St
+1 415 391 1188
Getting there
Tram: California St
Bus: 1, 30, 45
More information
adult/child $5/2, 1st Thu of month free
Opening hours
noon-5pm Tue-Fri, 11am-4pm Sat
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Picture what it was like to be Chinese in America during the Gold Rush, the transcontinental railroad construction or the Beat heyday in this 1932 landmark, built as Chinatown's YWCA by Julia Morgan (also chief architect of Hearst Castle). The nation's largest Chinese American historical institute is a treasury of artifacts tracing personal journeys from China that made American history.

Sleuthing by CHSA historians continues to uncover lost-and-found artifacts, including Jake Lee's fascinating 1960s watercolors of Chinese American history. Rotating art exhibits are held in CHSA's graceful red-brick, green-tile-roofed landmark building; check CHSA's website for openings and events.