Chinese Historical Society of America

Top choice museum in North Beach & Chinatown

Picture what it was like to be Chinese in America during the gold rush, transcontinental railroad construction, and Beat heyday in this 1932 landmark, built as Chinatown's YWCA. CHSA historians unearth fascinating artifacts: 1920s silk qipao dresses, WWII Chinatown nightclub posters, and Frank Wong's Chinatown miniatures. Exhibits share personal insights and historical perspectives on Chinese American historical milestones – including the Civil Rights movement, Cold War, and Chinese Exclusion Act, which officially excluded Chinese immigrants from US citizenship and civil rights from 1882 to 1943.

Rotating exhibits are held in the graceful clinker-brick, green-tile-roofed landmark building designed by trailblazing architect Julia Morgan (chief architect of Hearst Castle). Check the CHSA website for current shows, openings and events.