San Diego Chinese Historical Museum

404 Third Avenue, San Diego, CA

Museum and garden housed in a former mission opened in 1996


San Diego Chinese Historical Museum

Photo taken by Richard Doody in November 2009



The San Diego Chinese Historical Museum was established in 1996 to share the Chinese American experience, and to promote Chinese art and culture. The museum is house in a historic mission building, was designed by Louis Gill in the Mission Revival style. The facade of the one-story chapel features a sloping red-tile roof over a central bell tower. The Chinese Mission, located in the building until 1960, served as a social center where Chinese immigrants learned English and received religious instruction.

The former church and school of the local Chinese community that was slated for demolition before the San Diego Chinese Historical Society arranged to relocate the building from 645 First Avenue to the heart of old Chinatown at the corner of J Street and Third Avenue.

Update Log 

  • June 29, 2018: Added by Richard Doody


  • Richard Doody