The Chinese American Museum is located in the red-bricked historic Garnier Building, located at El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument across from downtown Los Angeles’ Union Station. Just follow the hanging lanterns, south of Olvera Street, to find the museum site.
425 N. Los Angeles Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(The cross street is Arcadia)
Museum Front Desk: (213) 485-8567
CAM is opened:
Tuesday – Sunday, 10am – 3pm.
Closed on Mondays and the following holidays:
Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day
Adults - $3.00
Seniors (60 and over) - $2.00
Students (with ID) - $2.00
Museum Members – Free
All exhibits are accessible for wheelchairs.
By Rail: Take the Metro Red Line, Gold Line, or Purple Line to Union Station/Gateway Transit Center. Exit the station and walk across N. Alameda Street to El Pueblo Historical Monument.
By Bus: There are several bus stops located near the Museum. Please visit the MTA website at www.mta.net or call 800-COMMUTE for more information.
The Museum is located near the intersection of the 101 and 110 Freeway. Please click on the freeway options below for directions:
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The following lots are available for parking:
Lot 1 (enter on Main Street, cross-street is Arcadia)
Lot 2 (enter on Main Street, cross-street is Cesar Chavez)
Lot 3 (enter on Alameda Street, cross-street is Cesar Chavez)
Lot 4 (enter on Los Angeles Street, cross-street is Arcadia)
Lot 5 (enter on Alameda Street, cross-street is Arcadia)
A map of the parking lot is located here.
Parking is based on availability. Street parking in the surrounding neighborhood is limited. Parking is not free, you can find parking rates at the El Pueblo de Historical Monument’s website.
The Chinese American Museum offers self-guided or docent-led tours to schools and community groups of 10 or more individuals.
The Museum offers special tours for adults and school groups. Docents will guide and interact with groups through our exhibits illustrating the history and experiences of Chinese Americans. Guided tours must be scheduled at least three (3) weeks in advance and are subject to docents’ schedule and availability. A typical tour will last approximately 45 minutes. The maximum capacity for tours is 30 people. The Museum reserves the right to delay or restrict admission if a group arrives more than 15 minutes late.
To schedule a guided tour, please use the on-line form or printable PDF form. Completed PDF forms can be faxed to (213) 473-4224 or emailed to the Museum Educator at email@example.com. You can also directly contact the Museum Educator at (213) 473-5306 and be ready to provide the following information:
• Requested tour dates and times (Tours are usually scheduled between 10am-Noon)
• Name of school or organization
• Contact person
• Size of the group
• Description of the group such as grade level, age, etc.
The cost of the tours is free but donations are always welcomed.
Groups are welcome to explore the museum on their own. Self-guided tours are welcomed during regular Museum hours. Due to safety concerns and occupancy limits, it is highly recommended that tours with groups of ten or more be scheduled in advanced. Groups must have at least one chaperon per every 10 children.
Please kindly observe the following rules when you are visiting CAM:
• No food or drinks allowed in the museum
• No flash photography allowed in the museum
• No running or loud talking
• All children must be accompanied and supervised by an adult chaperon
• Please do not touch the exhibits or artwork, except where it is indicated for you to do so.