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Chinese Historical Society of America

Chinese Historical Society of America
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Local Culture, History
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Price: $0-$5
The museum is free to the public on the first Thursday of every month.
Is there parking?: Limited
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Mobility Assistance Available: Elevator
Notes: For visitors with wheelchairs, there is an elevator located in the alley adjacent to the building that goes directly to the gallery.
Water/Drinks: Available at attraction or nearby.
This is a good place to get: Snacks Dinner Lunch
Restrooms: Available
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Chinese Historical Society of America

America's Largest Chinese Historical Society

Off The Beaten Path

Address: Phone:
965 Clay St
San Francisco, CA 94108
+1 415 391 1188 x101
Fax: +1 415 391 1150


San Francisco's Chinese Historical Society is the country's largest and oldest organization dedicated to the study of Chinese-American culture and history. It holds a permanent art collection, as well as several rotating exhibits. It also hosts several readings, conferences, lectures, and other events celebrating San Francisco's diversity. The history of the Chinese and their role in early San Francisco history is told through photographs and artifacts here at the Chinese Historical Society.

Times & Dates

Open Hours: 12pm-5pm, Tues-Fri; 12pm-4pm, Sat-Sun
Notes: The times listed are for the museum and bookstore hours. The library is available by appointment only. Call for holiday schedule.
Visit Time: 1hr-1.5hr
Average Wait Time: None
Price: $0-$5
Price Notes: The museum is free to the public on the first Thursday of every month.


Indoor with climate control.
Restrictions: Eat before you come, as no outside food is allowed in. A picture may be worth a thousand words, but the words will have to do in this case—no cameras allowed. As tempted as you may be to add to that vacation footage, keep the video camera in the case—they're not permitted here.

Age Recommendations/Requirements

Ages Admitted: Infants/Toddlers (0-3yrs), Children (4-8yrs), Pre-teen (9-12yrs), Teen, Adult, Senior
Ages that would most enjoy this attraction: Adult, Senior
Groups that would most enjoy this attraction: Couples, Families, Friends, Groups, Solo Travelers


Best Modes of Transportation: Bus Walking
Notes: By bus, Eastbound 1 California buses stop at Clay and Powell Sts. Westbound 1 California buses stop at Sacramento and Powell Sts. Both Northbound and Southbound 30 Stockton buses stop on Stockton between Sacramento and Clay Sts. By cable car, stop at the intersection of Clay and Powell Sts.
Parking Availability: Limited
Average Price per Hour: $0-$5
Notes: Parking is available at Portsmouth Square, on Kearny St between Clay and Washington Sts, and St. Mary's Square at Grant and California Sts.

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