CHINATOWN MUSEUMS, GALLERIES,
& PUBLIC ART
A guide to local community art spaces, museums, and selected murals and installations.
Situated in historic Ross Alley in San Francisco Chinatown, 41 Ross is a collaboration between the Chinatown Community Development Center and the Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco. 41 Ross is an active community space that brings together the general public including local residents, neighbors, and visitors to engage in art and culture making activities. More than an art gallery, 41 Ross is a community resource space and interactive studio that promotes dialogue, appreciation, and creative engagement around the local culture practice by everyday people in Chinatown. Its cultural programming serves to activate Ross Alley and other public spaces in Chinatown.
Address: 41 Ross Alley (between Washington and Jackson), San Francisco, CA 94108
Hours: Thursday – Sunday, 11 am - 4 pm, and by appointment
A local gallery that specializes in hand painted Chinese scrolls and framing and mounting artwork.
Address: 661 Jackson St, San Francisco, CA 94133
Hours: Monday - Sunday 11 am-5 pm
Phone: (415) 788-8639
CCC is a community-based arts nonprofit, based in Chinatown and San Francisco’s open and public spaces. CCC’s Visual Art Center presents innovative contemporary art through exhibitions, performances, and online projects to citywide, national and international audiences. Its signature exhibition series are XianRui (Fresh and Sharp), promoting under-recognized artists of Chinese descent, and Present Tense, examining emerging artists and current trends. CCC’s Him Mark Lai Learning Center offers community engagement activities, including Chinatown tours and Chinese American history and culture programs. CCC utilizes public spaces making Chinatown a “museum without walls” for annual music and dance festivals and art interventions. Public art projects include a "Sunrise" mosaic on the Dr. Rolland and Kathryn Lowe Community Bridge, murals on alleys on Wentworth, Ross, and Walter U Lum Place, as well as the upcoming Central Subway station.
Address: 750 Kearny Street, Third Floor (Inside the Hilton Hotel), San Francisco, CA 94108-1809
Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10am-4pm
Phone: (415) 986-1822
Murals and Installations, with Chinatown’s Public Art Map
The Chinese Historical Society of America (CHSA) Museum is situated in the heart of San Francisco’s Chinatown located in a historic building designed by renowned architect Julia Morgan.
On view is Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion, which traces the Chinese American experience since the beginning of trade between United States and China in 1784 through the turbulent struggle for equal rights and opportunities in this country. The exhibition features the Chinese Exclusion Act in 1882, the immigration detention center experience at Angel Island, and the iconic Jake Lee watercolor paintings depicting key moments in Chinese American history.
Address: 965 Clay Street, San Francisco, CA 94108
Hours: Tuesday-Friday 12-5 pm, Saturday-Sunday 10 am-4 pm
Phone: (415) 391-1188
This 34-year old institution showcases music and art. A former music store, owner and poet Clara Hsu programs celebrate music, theater, visual art and poetry. Clarion also offers music instruction in piano, harmonica, guitar and Chinese traditional instruments for children and adults, as well as workshops for schools.
Address: 2 Waverly Pl, San Francisco, CA 94108
Hours: Monday to Friday 1-5 pm
Sunday opens for events only
Phone: (415) 391-1317