Wednesday & Friday: 9:30am to 2pm
Saturday: 10am to 5pm
Sunday: 10am to 4pm

Group visits by appointment only.

The health and safety of our visitors, staff, volunteers, and community is our top priority. The Chinese American Museum of Chicago (CAMOC) will require all individuals to wear a mask while in the Museum, regardless of vaccination status. We greatly appreciate your understanding and cooperation.

We have extended our open hours on Saturdays during the summer. Starting July 1, our open hours on Saturdays are 10am to 5pm until further notice.
July is National Family Reunion Month! Family members comes together to spend time and share experiences.

Artist Priscilla Kar Yee Lo shared her personal experiences with not only her family but also all of us through her glass figurines and crafted objects displayed at our new Spotlight Series exhibition "Priscilla Kar Yee Lo: Aiming to Please" which was opened to the public on July 16 until August 28.

We were happy to see many families coming out in the street during Sundays on State as well as Chinatown Summer Fair enjoying food and culturally appropriate activities. Such fun experience would definitely be shared with other family members.

More family fun events are down the road during this wonderful summer. Come out and have fun!

Ben Lau
Executive Director
Priscilla Kar Yee Lo: Aiming to Please
Opening Reception
CAMOC opened the third exhibition of the Spotlight Series, featuring glass artist Priscilla Kar Yee Lo. Priscilla's work highlights how our inherently patriarchal society has affected the Asian female position and how it maintains control through cultural and social expectations and normalized gender roles. 

First photo: Visitors at the opening reception, including a group from the Chinese Program at the University of Iowa.
Second photo: Evolution: The Theory of the 'The Asian Mystique' (2019), Priscilla Kar Yee Lo. Mould blown glass, digitally enhanced plaster.

The opening reception of the show was picked as part of Chicago arts calendar The Visualist's Top V Picks of the Weekend. Priscilla Kar Yee Lo: Aiming to Please will be on view until August 28. Don't miss this show!
CAMOC Speaks at AMM Conference
CAMOC Board President Ed Jung and Advisor Mabel Menard were panelists at The Association of Midwest Museums (AMM) Annual Conference. The conference was held online on July 19 and in-person from July 20-23, 2022 in Milwaukee at the Hyatt Regency. The conference’s theme, showcasing the creativity and adaptability of museums through the past two years of uncertain times, brought together museum professionals in an opportunity to network, gain feedback on projects, share lessons learned, and discuss hardships.

The Association of Midwest Museums (AMM) is a not-for-profit membership organization providing advocacy, professional development, and resources to museum professionals, board members, students, and volunteers across the Midwest region.
CAMOC Joins Sundays on State
First picture: Volunteer Ram Moy, Board Director Soo Lon Moy, volunteer Viable Shum, Executive Director Ben Lau, Sharyne Tu, Board Director Rich Frachey, and CAMOC staff member May Cai.

Second picture: Volunteer Ram Moy demonstrating how to bounce the shuttle cock.

CAMOC was excited to join Sundays on State for the very first time! We taught visitors traditional Chinese games and calligraphy at our booth, and welcomed them to our Museum in Chinatown.
Group Tours All Month Long!
Pictured: Docent Stephen Cheng guides fellows from the Mellon Mays Summer Research Program at the University of Chicago through Attic Treasures II.

July is a busy month for group tours at the Museum! We welcomed groups from RAMS, Inc., Project Vision, the Black United Fund of Illinois, the Chinese Program at the University of Iowa, the Schuler Scholar Program, Cicero Community Collaborative, Metropolitan Family Services, Girl Scouts, and the Mellon Mays Summer Research Program at the University of Chicago. Looking forward to more groups this summer!
CAMOC Joins Chinatown Summer Fair
First picture: Volunteer Ram Moy does custom calligraphy for visitors, with help from staff member May Cai and Board Director Soo Lon Moy.

Second picture (left to right): Volunteer Rich Frachey, volunteer Ram Moy, Board Director Soo Lon Moy, State Rep. Theresa Mah, Executive Director Ben Lau, and President Ed Jung

We ended an eventful month by joining the Chinatown Summer Fair! CAMOC is always excited to be a part of Chinatown's busiest weekend of the summer, where visitors from all over the city and beyond come to experience Chinese American culture Chicago style. It was a great opportunity to share traditional Chinese activities and direct visitors to our Museum. Special thanks to volunteer Ram Moy, whose custom calligraphy on paper and fans was an absolute hit all weekend long! Thank you to all our volunteers and everyone who stopped by our booth.
If you missed us at Sundays on State this month, you can still find us on August 7!
MOCA on the Road: Chicago
Date: Wednesday, August 17, 2022
Time: 10am - 12pm
Venue: CAMOC
Address: 238 W. 23rd St., Chicago, IL 60616

The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) was founded in 1980 with the goal of collecting, documenting, and showcasing the Chinese American experience. Last year, MOCA announced the launch of its newest initiative: MOCA on the Road. In its first phase, MOCA will stop in cities across America to inspire individuals to preserve artifacts, share them with the public at large, and provide an educational resource to supplement missing parts of U.S. history. It is an in-person initiative and a continuation of MOCA’s acclaimed Treasures on the Road series, in which the MOCA team hosts public drop-in sessions and pop-up events to capture stories of celebration, hardship, family journeys, immigration, discrimination, diaspora, survival, and success from local Chinese American communities across the country. The goal of the initiative is to capture the depth and vastness of the Chinese American narrative for the development of the new national Museum of Chinese in America.

In 2021, MOCA visited New Haven, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, and Los Angeles where they discussed with locals, consulted community leaders, and interviewed luminaries. This year, they will come to Chicago after visiting Boston, and work with CAMOC to provide public programming and show some of their collected artifacts.
Mid-Autumn Festival Celebration
Date: Saturday, September 10, 2022
Time: 5pm - 7pm
Venue: Set in Stone Gathering Space
Address: 3155 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60616

Please join CAMOC at the Set in Stone Gathering Space for the celebration of the Chinese Mid-Autumn or Moon Festival, and enjoy the beautiful scenery that includes a pagoda-style pavilion and bamboo gardens. The Moon Festival falls on the 15th of the 8th lunar month and is one of the most important traditional events for the Chinese, like Christmas and Thanksgiving in the West. The celebration event will include community prairie planting, storytelling, Chinese cultural performances, lantern and rabbit-mask making, acoustic music, tea and moon cake sampling, and lantern parade.
Becoming a member is a simple and effective way to get involved with the Chinese American Museum of Chicago. Your membership represents a personal investment in the Museum and ensures the continuation of the wide array of quality exhibitions, programs, and events we bring to the community. In addition, you are affirming the importance of the Museum’s commitment to bring the Chinese American experience in the Midwest to as many people as possible.

$150 = Free event admission for member & 3 guests for 1 year

$100 = Free event admission for member & 1 guest for 1 year

$60 = Free event admission for member only for 1 year

$30 = Free event admission for seniors & students for 1 year

$500Corporate Membership for 1 year (with 10 individual memberships, recognition in program & on plaque)

For Members who support us beyond the basic level, we offer extra recognition and the following benefits:

$250Bronze (Honorary Membership)

$500Silver (Honorary Membership)

$1,000Gold (Lifetime Membership or a small donor brick)

$1,500Platinum (Lifetime Membership and a small donor brick)

$5,000Diamond (Large donor brick)

$5,500Jade (Large donor brick plus Lifetime Membership)
Large Brick
7.5" X 7.5"

Donor Wall in Front Lobby

Small Brick
3.5" X 7.5"
You can read the full list of benefits on our website by clicking the button below. There are also instructions on how to join at the bottom of the page, along with the Membership Form.
We are looking for dedicated, reliable, and energetic individuals who would like to experience our historic institution from the inside — as volunteers! We need volunteers for docents, greeters and special events. If you are interested in volunteering for us, please use the button below to visit our related page and download a volunteer form.


The mission of the Chinese American Museum of Chicago - Raymond B. & Jean T. Lee Center (CAMOC) is is to advance the appreciation of Chinese American culture through exhibitions, education, and research and to preserve the past, present, and future of Chinese Americans primarily in the Midwest.

The museum building, formerly the Quong Yick Co., is located in Chicago's Chinatown, at 238 West 23rd Street in Chicago. The Museum opened to the public on May 21, 2005. After a devastating fire in September of 2008, the Museum was closed for renovation and reopened in 2010.

CAMOC is governed by the Board of Directors of the Chinatown Museum Foundation (CMF), a 501(C)(3) non-profit corporation located in Chicago, Illinois.