SYDNEY’S

NEWEST MUSEUM

COMING 2023

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to
Moca

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Introducing the Museum of Chinese in Australia. A home for stories – the monumental, the everyday, the untold, the celebrated, the forgotten. Throw out everything you know about museums and step into a space that brings past, present and future together in one place. This is more than a museum. This is a space for the stories and contributions of Chinese Australians. Opening in 2023, MOCA will be a space for all Australians to celebrate our strength in diversity.

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PAST / PRESENT / FUTURE

Chinatown then, now and tomorrow.

WHAT'S ON

Whats on - Stories of home

24.6.22

Project

Stories of Home 家

What does home mean to you? Is it tied to a place, a time, a memory? As part of an ongoing project, we want to hear what home means for you. Answer our questions and your story may be published in our digital and physical exhibition spaces.

Pop-up

24.6.22 - 23.9.22

Exhibition

POP-UP

From June 23rd, we’ll be opening MOCA’s doors. Come and see the building before it transforms and be the first to get a glimpse of our vision for the museum at our interactive pop-up experience.

Stories
of
Home

What is home? Is it a place? A country? Or is it something else entirely? Maybe it’s the sense of ease you feel with certain people, or a memory you hold on to. Tell us your story of home. Answer a few quick questions and your story might come to life in our digital and physical exhibition spaces.

And if you need a bit of inspiration, take a look at the stories below to see what home means to some of Sydney’s Chinese Australian trailblazers.

Jane Lu

JANE LU, SHOWPO FOUNDER

Read Jane's story
Chris Yee

CHRIS YEE, ARTIST

Read Chris' story
Rainbow Chan

RAINBOW CHAN, MUSICIAN

Read Rainbow's story
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WHAT DOES HOME MEAN TO YOU?

Share your story
Louise Zhang

LOUISE ZHANG, ARTIST

Read Louise's story
Brian and Vincent Wu

BRIAN & VINCENT WU, INCU FOUNDERS

Read their story

OUR

IDENTITY

我们的属性

From concept to creation, so much has gone into the making of MOCA. Without the collaboration of so many amazing people coming together to brainstorm, plan, design, and shape our organisation and the identity that encapsulates this, we wouldn’t be where we are today.

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OUR BRAND

The roof radical 宀 is one of 47,035 characters that make up the Kangxi dictionary. As the original protection radical, it takes a pictogram form, depicting a wooden roof with supports. You'll see it used in the words for ‘home’, ‘safe’, ‘ancestor’ and ‘treasure’, among others. In our logo, it acts as a constantly changing roof, connecting to why MOCA exists – to create an ever-evolving house of stories: ours, yours, the ones that came before and the ones that will follow.
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OUR MAKERS

Our development process has been made possible by the talent and collective passion of many. From the beginning, listening to the perspectives of the community was crucial to our conception, with these conversations only furthering our drive. Fast forward to today, and our team continues to grow as we’re met with the expertise of so many collaborators to reimagine our brand and transform our building. Now, what started as an idea between friends is being brought to life in front of our eyes.
"FOR MANY YEARS, MY VISION AND HOPE WAS TO HAVE A SPECIAL MEETING PLACE IN SYDNEY WHERE ONE COULD LEARN ABOUT THE HISTORY AND LIFE AND TIMES OF THE CHINESE IN AUSTRALIA."

Daphne Lowe Kelley, Board member. Pictured here (in red) with the Leanfore family in a story for The New York Times.

Lucy Zhang Childhood Photo
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ShowYour 支持Support

MOCA is from the community, for the community. And without your passion and generosity, we can’t operate. It’s your contribution that gives MOCA a future. Become part of the movement.

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ABOUTUS

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MOCA started as a conversation between passionate Sydneysiders around the dinner table. Today, it’s a space alive with cultural exchange, and the only museum in NSW focused on Chinese Australian stories – past, present, future. Never finished, constantly evolving. We’re building a bridge for deeper connection and understanding. MOCA is more than a museum; it’s a place for everyone, rich in opportunity.

OUR PURPOSE
To tell the stories of past, present and future generations of Chinese Australians, by being a centre for research, preservation and exchange; ensuring their experience is representative within a broader national discourse.

OUR PEOPLE
MOCA is headed by our Executive Director and a board. Together, our team ensures MOCA is constantly evolving and living up to its full potential.

探访

VISITUS

Situated on a prominent corner alongside the Haymarket tram stop, amid the buzz of the city and Chinatown, MOCA is physically and figuratively, embedded in the community.

OUR EVOLUTION
1843 Creek
1875 Haymarket Chambers Bank
1927 Neighbourhood shops
1989 Haymarket Library
2023 Museum of Chinese in Australia

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PAST

744 George St Haymarket / Kerry and Co, c. 1884-1917
Future Museum Portrait

FUTURE

744 George St Haymarket / A+ Architects, 2023
744 GEORGE STREETHAYMARKETSYDNEY NSW 2000 AUSTRALIA

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

11 am to 4 pm

11 am to 4 pm

11 am to 4 pm

The Museum of Chinese in Australia (MOCA) gratefully acknowledges the investment of our funders and supporters.
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Partners
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