The building used for the Chinese American Museum consists of a former, “Temple for Five Gods”.
The Temple is on the second level of he Museum and is the only original temple from San Jose’s former Chinatown.
In the 1900s, the temple had multiple purposes, including that of being used as a hostel.
The museum includes information on events such as the Chinese Exclusion Act that occurred after California’s Gold Rush. The act had been enacted in law due to the political desire to primarily keep mining jobs amount Caucasian men.
The museum also exhibited a Chinese American who became a hero during World War II.