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A Personal Tour of the Chinese American Museum

Hello Everyone,

The Los Angeles History Meetup Group will get a personal, 1-hour tour from a staff member of the Chinese American Museum. The museum's mission is to allow people to "learn about the Chinese American experience in the context of a larger multicultural mosaic of people who have contributed toward the development of Los Angeles and Southern California."

The museum is located in the historic Garnier Building - built in 1890 by French Settler Philippe Garnier. This building is very significant, in that it s the ONLY surviving building left from the original Chinatown, which used to encompass most of the Union Station/Alameda Ave area. The entire original Chinatown was razed in the early 1930's for the construction of Union Station. Before building the Garnier building, Philippe Garnier and his family at one time owned Rancho Los Encinos in the San Fernando Valley.

There is a lot of history in the surrounding El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument area - so there is a lot of history you can take in informally that day. Have a margarita lunch at Olvera Street, or walk down one block to legendary Phiippe's and have a French dip sandwich. Come by Metro Goldline and checkout Union Station - just across the street. I would recommend bringing a camera.

**There is a a suggested donation of $3.00 for the museum tour. The facility has requested that 25 attendees is the limit for the tour.

Hope to see your there



Links ot the Chinese American Museum:

Other links of interest:

** I just found out that La Plaza de Cultura y Artes - which is right across the street, on Main Street, is no longer charging a $9 entrance fee and is now free and is only requesting a $1.00 donation. This museum is 3 floors and showcases the history of the Mexican American community in Los Angeles. Another great resource to learn about the history of Los Angeles!

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  • Marie

    Friendly , informative guides and great company to share this outing. Intimate enough to truly appreciate.

    August 19, 2012

  • kat

    This was a great opportunity. Very nice little museum which i will recommend to people.

    August 19, 2012

  • Rudy

    The tour guides were great. We heard a lot interesting info about the Chinese immigration to the US and their contribution to building the American railroad. I'd liked to have heard just a little more about the Chinese experience and history in Los Angeles. Afterwards, some of us even made it to the LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes across the street. It was nice turn-out by some really friendly meetup folks.

    August 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks, Rudy. You always do such a GREAT job of bringing obscure venues and information to us.

    August 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    The docents were knowledgeable and friendly. Thanks to Rudy for putting this together.

    August 19, 2012

  • Christine U.

    I enjoyed hearing the guides tell their family immigration stories. They give a lot of tours for school children, and at times I felt like we were getting their tour, but still there was quite a lot to learn about the Exclusion Act, in effect for the better part of 50 years, and the ways the Chinese tried to get around it.

    August 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Anyone, other than me, taking the Red Line from North Hollywood?

    August 16, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yes. Would like to leave at 10:00.

      August 17, 2012

    • Valerie K.

      Looks like I'm going to have to catch the 10:25 tomorrow...hope to see you there!

      August 17, 2012

  • Donna B.

    How do I get on the wait list?

    July 29, 2012

  • Rudy

    The facility has requested that 25 attendees is the limit for the tour. Meetup members can be RSVP to a wait list. Should any members who have already RSVP'd "yes" but decide they will not attend, please update your RSVP status so the next person on the wait list can be added to the tour group. Thanks!

    July 28, 2012

  • Julie

    Is there an RSVP limit? I belong to two other groups whose members might be interested: Mandarin Friends and Filipinos in LA. I will share this page with them. It would be great to do a joint event. There are really nice people in Filipinos in LA. :)

    July 27, 2012

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