A comprehensive overview of how the Chinese community was formed, with ancient artefacts and photographs.

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Chinese American Museum

The history of Chinatown.

Located at 425 North Los Angeles Street, in the heart of Chinatown, this museum is the only one in southern California that gives an overview of the long process which gave rise to the creation of the large Chinese community in Los Angeles. Located in the historic Garnier building, construction of the museum began in 1984, although it did not open until December 2003. It outlines a history that began more than 150 years ago, with the first documented settlement of Chinese immigrants in Los Angeles. Its artistic and historic riches have built up over the years through donations from numerous American citizens and businesses of Chinese origin. Amongst the most representative elements of its permanent collection are artefacts from the 19th and 20th centuries, as well as letters, photographs and videos. There is also room for toys and wedding dresses, in addition to items that belonged to ancient Chinese herbalists. It also acts as a research centre and the top floor often hosts temporary exhibitions from various contemporary Chinese artists. It is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10.00 am to 3.00 pm. See www.camla.org for more information.

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