San Diego Chinese Historical Museum

San Diego Chinese Historical Museum 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.

The mission of SDCHM is to collect, preserve and share the Chinese American experience and Chinese history, culture and art to educate our diverse community and its visitors.

Operating as usual


404 3rd Ave
San Diego, CA

Two-hour metered parking is available in front of the museum. Parking lots are located nearby: * 2nd and J Street * 6th and Island * 6th and Market The Convention Center Station (Green Line) is two blocks southwest of the museum.

General information

The San Diego Chinese Historical Museum is a nonprofit organization. The museum was founded in 1996, by the San Diego Chinese Historical Society under the leadership of its first three presidents: Sally Wong, Tom Hom, and Dr. Alexander Chuang. Charles Tyson donated the museum's current building, originally a Chinese mission located at 645 First Avenue, and in 1991, the City of San Diego graciously provided a piece of land in the original Chinatown area where the museum now resides. Since opening in 1996, the museum has presented more than 100 exhibits highlighting the rich tradition of Chinese culture and history in San Diego and the world. The Museum also features a library of books on Chinese culture and a tranquil garden with koi pond. Annual and life-time memberships are available to the Society and Museum. As a privately funded, nonprofit organization, the Museum depends upon the generosity of its members.

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10:30am - 4pm
Wednesday 10:30am - 4pm
Thursday 10:30am - 4pm
Friday 10:30am - 4pm
Saturday 10:30am - 4pm
Sunday 12pm - 4pm


(619) 338-9888


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