Chinese American Museum, Los Angeles

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The Chinese American Museum (Chinese: 華美博物館; abbreviated CAM) is a museum located in Downtown Los Angeles as a part of the El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historic Monument. It is dedicated to the history and experience of Chinese Americans in the state of California, the first such museum in Southern California. It presents exhibits of fine art by Chinese American artists as well as historical exhibits.

Planning for the museum began in October 1984, with the grand opening taking place on December 18, 2003.

The museum is housed in the Garnier Building, the oldest surviving Chinese building in Southern California. The original Los Angeles Chinatown was located here before it was moved to New Chinatown for the construction of Los Angeles Union Station.
It is funded by the State of California, the City of Los Angeles, Friends of the Chinese American Museum, the Chinese Historical Society of Southern California, the Getty Foundation, the El Pueblo Association, the Center for Chinese Medicine, and hundreds of other donors.

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  • Great little museum with a lot of information, pictures, artifacts and stories of the Chinese immigration to the area. Reading is required but little kids might enjoy all the artifacts. Cost is...  more »
  • The fine Garnier building dating from 1890 hosts this interesting museum. It presents a permanent exhibition on the origins and history of Chinese immigration to LA and temporary works showcasing...  more »
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  • I came here with my three other friends and we had ate too many delicious dishes at this restaurant. Services of this place is really impressive if I would talk about the staff then they are super cool and friendly of nature. We literally worth our time and money. I would like to suggest everyone.
  • Really interesting museum which a great content about Chinese-American history and the development in the United States. It is a great place to see more about origins and development of Los Angeles and how important has been immigration in this country. If you have the chance to go to this museum, please do it, because it could have a good surprise on the temporary exhibition floor.

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