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Dear Friends,

2016 has been a challenging year for the Chinese-American Museum of Chicago – Raymond B. & Jean T. Lee Center. Due to unforeseen circumstances, dedicated board members have stepped up to the challenge of keeping the Museum in operation in order to continue our mission to bring Chinese history and culture for the community. In August, Rose Olea, the new Executive Director joined the Museum staff.

This year classes were offered in Chinese classical arts: Brush Painting, Calligraphy and Erhu. Documentaries shown were 9 Man, My Life in China, Kim Loo Sisters and Tea Horse Road with their directors/ producers present.

The current exhibition of Rites of Passage showcases the traditional Chinese customs of birth, marriage, longevity and death will continue through January of 2017. Our permanent exhibitions, From the Great Wall to the Great Lakes: Chinese Immigration to the Midwest and My Chinatown: Stories from Within are displayed in the second floor gallery. The upcoming new exhibition, The Way We Wore: Celebrating Chinese Fashion, featuring garments and accessories from the late 19th through 20th centuries, will officially open on February 18, 2017.

You are cordially invited to join us in celebration of the Year of the Rooster at the Chinatown Chinese New Year Parade and other events.

Like all 501(c)(3) organizations, we rely mainly on individual donations and grants, so your financial support is vital to our daily operations and will enable us to continue our mission.

You can mail in your tax deductible donation or donate by using the donate button on our website. Also you may shop Amazon.com to benefit the Museum - Chinatown Museum Foundation, http://smile.amazon.com/ch/36-4492615

Together, we can make the Museum an educational resource for the general public.


Join Our Holiday Celebration on December 10th!

Register today!

Online: http://camoc-holiday.eventbrite.com

Phone: 312-949-1000

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Volunteers Wanted!

The Chinese American Museum of Chicago is looking for dedicated, reliable, energetic individuals who would like to experience our historic institution from the inside—as a volunteer!

We have two different areas to volunteer: Public Facing and Administrative.

Public Facing Opportunities

Docents help provide guided tours through our museum for reserved groups on an as needed basis. Interested persons are placed on our call list and will be contacted with as much notice as possible.

Greeters help at our front desk and greeter station on the second floor. These volunteers are the face of the museum to both our members and the public, making sure that everyone who walks through our entrance is greeted warmly and has the information they need to make their museum experience enjoyable. This may require an ability to stand for periods of time as volunteers proactively move through their assigned floor looking for visitors who may need their help.

We are currently looking for volunteers:

Tuesday - Friday 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Saturday-Sunday 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM or 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Administrative Opportunities

These volunteer opportunities take place in our administrative and curatorial offices. Volunteers who are interested in this area must be available to work weekdays. Previous curatorial experience is welcomed but not required.


What are the requirements for volunteering at the Chinese American Museum of Chicago? We look for an individual with a love of the museum and a desire to learn more about Chinese American history. Public Facing volunteers must be open to working with visitors from across the world, have basic computer and communication skills, and be able to commit for one year to the museum. A public facing volunteer also needs to be reliable and able to commit to at least sixteen hours a month or (1) four hour shift each week.

All volunteers are encouraged to become members of the Chinese American Museum of Chicago. All applicants who are members get first priority for interviews.

Please file icon pdf download a volunteer form and e-mail it to the address below.

Phone: (312) 949-1000

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