Neighborhood Highlights

Must-See Chinatown

by Michael Hsu, 01/29/2013

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  • Museum of Chinese in America
    215 Centre St., 212-619-4785
    Since reopening in 2009 in a converted industrial space designed by Maya Lin, this museum of the Chinese-American experience, founded in 1980, has become Chinatown's most refined tourist attraction. The permanent exhibition space is devoted to telling the turbulent and relatively short history of Chinese in this country, from the Chinese Exclusion Act to the influence of Bruce Lee to today. The exhibitions are slick (floating projections and beautiful photographs abound) and interactive (sit in a worn wooden chair to hear the questions Chinese immigrants were subjected to upon arrival to this country). Swing by on Thursdays, when the museum stays open till 9pm and admission is free.

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