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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. Just follow the hanging lanterns, 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 opened 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 accessible for wheelchairs.

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

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.

Group Visits

The Chinese American Museum offers self-guided or docent-led tours to schools and community groups of 10 or more individuals.

Guided Tours

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 55 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) 485-8238 or emailed to the Museum Educator at educator@camla.org. 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.

Self-Guided Tours

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.

Museum Policies

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.