Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA): Chinatown Walking Tour: Discover the History of NYC’s Chinatown

Chinatown Walking Tour: Discover the History of NYC’s Chinatown

New York, United States

Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA)

Non-profit organization

1.5 hours
From$31 USDPer person

The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving and presenting the history, heritage, culture, and diverse experiences of people of Chinese descent in the United States.

Tour Highlights

  • Discover the centuries-old history of NYC’s Chinatown while supporting the preservation of Chinese American culture and history.
  • Walk through one of New York City’s oldest neighborhoods, and learn about its long history as an ethnically diverse community comprised of Americans of African, Jewish, Italian, and Irish descent—and its current Chinese residents.
  • Visit historic buildings, witness vibrant street culture, and learn about the daily life of the past and present community firsthand.

Tour revenue will be invested in MOCA’s crucial initiatives: facilitating tours for over 10,000 K-12 students across the tri-state area, offering professional learning workshops for teachers filling critical curricular gaps, conducting ongoing oral history interviews to capture the living history of Chinese Americans, and housing more than 65,000 artifacts, photos, memorabilia, documents, oral histories, and art works at the MOCA Collections and Research Center

Tour Details

  • Frequency

    Saturday (April - December)

  • Start Time

    1 PM

  • Duration

    1.5 hours

  • Good For

    Adults, Families, Youth, Students, Professionals

  • Languages


  • Tour Participants

    1 to 8

  • Difficulty

    Easy (short walking distances, low or no physical effort)

  • Volunteer Opportunities


Tour Description

Embark on an exciting historical journey into one of New York City’s oldest neighborhoods! This Chinatown walking tour focuses on how everyday buildings and places of historical significance reflect and shape a community, from its origins as a Native American village of Werpoes Hill in 1600 to one of the fastest growing immigrant communities of present day New York City. The tour will take you to the oldest streets of Chinatown, a Catholic church, the oldest general store in Chinatown and a Chinese eatery that catered to the needs of Chinatown’s turn-of-the-century “bachelor society.”

Tour Start Address

Museum of Chinese in America, 215 Centre Street, New York, NY, United States

How To Get There

Take subway lines N, Q, R, W, J, Z, or 6 to Canal Street, or buses M9, M15, or M103.

More About Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA)


To engage audiences in an ongoing and historical dialogue, in which people of all backgrounds are able to see American history though a critical perspective, to reflect on their own experiences, and to make meaningful connections between: the past and the present, the global and the local, themselves and others.

Main Programs

  • Walking tours

  • Educational tours

  • Quarterly Family Festivals (Mid-Autumn Moon, Lunar New Year, Family Treasures, Dragon Boat)

  • MOCACREATE drop-in arts & crafts for families (1st and 3rd Saturdays)

  • Adult public programs (film screenings, curator talks, book launches, food tastings, music & theater performances, history programs, etc…)

Awards & Recognition

Smithsonian Magazine
Wall Street Journal
New York Times
Conde Nast Traveler
Cool Culture