Visit

Location

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. Walk past the main plaza area, south of Olvera Street, to find the museum site.

Address

425 N. Los Angeles Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(The cross street is Arcadia)

Contact Information

Museum Front Desk: (213) 485-8567

Hours

CAM is open on Tuesday – Sunday, 10am – 3pm.
Closed on Mondays and the following holidays:
Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day

Suggested Admission

Adults – $3.00
Seniors (60 and over) – $2.00
Students (with ID) – $2.00
Museum Members – Free

Wheelchair Access

All exhibits are wheelchair accessible. Please see the front desk for assistance.

Directions

Public Transportation

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.

Driving directions

The Museum is located near the intersection of the 101 and 110 Freeway. Please click on the freeway options below for directions:

I-5 Northbound

Take the 5 Fwy North
Merge onto 101 Fwy North
Exit Alameda/Union Station
Continue straight on Arcadia Street (one-way)
Make a right on Main Street (one-way)
Pass the flashing pedestrian crosswalk
Enter Parking Lot 2 on your immediate left (corner of Main Street & Cesar Chavez Avenue)

I-5 Southbound

Take the 5 Fwy South
Merge onto 110 Fwy South
Exit Hill Street and continue straight through Chinatown
Make a left on Cesar Chavez Avenue
Make an immediate right onto Spring Street
Make a left on Aliso (one-way)
Make a left onto Main Street (one-way)
Pass the flashing pedestrian crosswalk
Enter Parking Lot 2 on your immediate left (corner of Main Street & Cesar Chavez Avenue)

I-10 Westbound

Take the 10 Fwy West
Merge onto 101 Fwy North
Exit Alameda/Union Station
Continue straight on Arcadia Street (one-way)
Make a right on Main Street (one-way)
Pass the flashing pedestrian crosswalk
Enter Parking Lot 2 on your immediate left (corner of Main Street & Cesar Chavez Avenue)

I-10 Eastbound

Take the 10 Fwy East
Merge onto 110 Fwy North
Stay on your right and continue on the10 Fwy East/5 Fwy South (near the 101 Fwy)
Exit Broadway and continue straight on Aliso (one-way)
Make a left on Main Street (one-way)
Pass the flashing pedestrian crosswalk
Enter Parking Lot 2 on your immediate left (corner of Main Street & Cesar Chavez Avenue)

US-101 Northbound

101 Fwy North
Exit Alameda/Union Station
Continue straight on Arcadia Street (one-way)
Make a right on Main Street (one-way)
Pass the flashing pedestrian crosswalk
Enter Parking Lot 2 on your immediate left (corner of Main Street & Cesar Chavez Avenue)

US-101 Southbound

Take the 101 Fwy South, pass 110 Fwy junction
Stay on your right and continue on the10 Fwy East/5 Fwy South (near the 101 Fwy)
Exit Broadway and continue straight on Aliso (one-way)
Make a left on Main Street (one-way)
Pass the flashing pedestrian crosswalk
Enter Parking Lot 2 on your immediate left (corner of Main Street & Cesar Chavez Avenue)

CA-110 Northbound

Take the 110 Fwy North
Stay on your right and continue on the10 Fwy East/5 Fwy South (near the 101 Fwy)
Exit Broadway and continue straight on Aliso (one-way)
Make a left on Main Street (one-way)
Pass the flashing pedestrian crosswalk
Enter Parking Lot 2 on your immediate left (corner of Main Street & Cesar Chavez Avenue)

CA-110 Fwy South

Take the 110 Fwy South
Stay on your right and continue on the10 Fwy East/5 Fwy South
Exit Broadway and continue straight on Aliso (one-way)
Make a left on Main Street (one-way)
Pass the flashing pedestrian crosswalk
Enter Parking Lot 2 on your immediate left (corner of Main Street & Cesar Chavez Avenue)

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Parking/Map

Parking is available in one of the four pay public parking lots at El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument. The nearest lot is El Pueblo Lot 2 on 615 N. Main St. You can find more information on parking and rates here. Street parking in the surrounding neighborhood is limited. Download the parking map.

Guided Tours

CAM offers docent-led tours for groups of 10 or more. Guided tours must be scheduled at least three (3) weeks in advance and are subject to docent schedule and availability. A typical tour will last approximately 55 minutes. The maximum capacity for guided tours is 30 people. For student groups, there must be at least one adult chaperone for every ten (10) students who are eighth grade and under.

There is no cost for guided tours, but donations are always welcome.

To schedule a guided tour, you must complete the on-line form.

If you have any questions, please contact (213) 485-8484 or email tours@camla.org.

Tour Suggested Donation

The guided tours are free but donations are highly encouraged. We suggest the following donation amounts per person:

  • Guided Tours Only– $7.00
  • For student groups: Guided Tours & Student Workshops – $10.00

Tour Cancellation Policy

CAM reserves the right to cancel a tour if a group arrives more than 15 minutes late.  Please notify the front desk at (213) 485-8567 if your group is expected to run late due to traffic or other unforeseen circumstances. If you need to cancel your tour, please contact tours@camla.org as soon as possible.

School Tours

For more detailed information on guided tours and workshops for students of all levels and other educational resources, visit the education page.

CAM School Transportation Fund

Every year, 5,000 students and educators visit the Chinese American Museum (CAM) to participate in tours and workshops through the CAM School Transportation Fund. The CAM School Transportation Fund provides subsidized transportation for students and educators from schools and nonprofit organizations who are in need of financial assistance for transportation costs. Subsidized transportation is available on a limited, and first come, first served basis.  For more information on the program, please visit www.camla.org/bussing.

Self-Guided Tours

Self-guided tours are welcome at the Museum. However, groups should take advantage of the guided tours for an enhanced learning experience. Due to occupancy limits and security, CAM cannot accommodate unguided tours of more than thirty (30) people.

Museum Policies

Please kindly observe the following rules when you are visiting CAM:

  • No food (including gum) 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 chaperone;
  • Please do not touch the exhibits or artwork, except where it is indicated for you to do so.

Oversized Bags Policy: CAM does not have the capacity to securely check bags. Since the museum has limited space, please leave large backpacks and belongings at school or in your school bus/vehicle to facilitate easier movement while touring the museum.