Chinese Canadian Museum

Visit Canada’s first and only Chinese Canadian Museum housed inside Vancouver Chinatown’s oldest brick building. Opened in July 2023, the museum tells the stories, histories, and contributions of Chinese Canadians.

This museum is perfect for the entire family, with interactive displays on all three floors of exhibition spaces. Guests can explore the unique Chinese Canadian journeys from the 18th century to present day, learn about the hardships and trials that Chinese Canadians faced during the Chinese Exclusion Act, and immerse themselves in a recreated 1930s living room, while stepping inside the oldest and most historic school rooms in Vancouver.

Feature Exhibition:
The Paper Trail to the 1923 Chinese Exclusion Act

An exhibition that commemorates 100 years since the passing of the Chinese Immigration Act of 1923, known also as the Chinese Exclusion Act in Canada.

The exhibition features hundreds of certificates of identity documents (C.I. certificates) used to track Chinese Canadians during the Chinese Immigration Act – the most ever publicly displayed in an exhibition. The papers also were a constant reminder of a second-class status in Canada.
In partnership with the Chinese Canadian Military Museum and curated by Catherine Clement, this community-sourced exhibition, with a national focus, probes the nature of paperwork and documentation over the contested terrain of history, with a diverse array of families of Chinese descent, from across Canada contributing to the exhibition.

Please allow 1.5 hours to get the most out of your museum experience.


By Transit:

Bus: The 4, 7, 19, and 22 bus lines all stop at the intersection of Carrall Street and Pender Street across from the museum exhibition. Click here to plan your commute on Translink. 

Sky Train: The museum is less than a 10-minute walk from the Stadium-Chinatown Station. Exit the station from the Keefer Place exit, go down the steps and turn left onto Abbott Street. Walk until you reach Pender Street. Turn right onto Pender Street. and continue until you arrive at 51 E. Pender St.


The museum does not offer on-site parking. There is an EasyPark parkade located in Chinatown Plaza at 106 Keefer Street. Limited metered parking is also available along Pender Street in front of the museum. Please allow extra time to find parking. Chinatown street parking is $2 per hour.

Hours of Operation:

Wednesday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Stat Holiday Mondays. (Hours are subject to change. Please visit for the most updated information).

Contact Details:

Phone: 604-262-0990


51 E Pender St.
Vancouver, BC
V6A 1S9

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