The Chinese Temple in Oroville is an exciting and unique piece of California's cultural heritage and should be on every Butte County visitor's itinerary.
Built in 1863 to serve the largest community of Chinese north of Sacramento, this temple of treasures is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and also as a California Landmark. It was first opened to visitors during California's 1949 Centennial. Although it is now a museum, it is still an active temple and used occasionally for worship. In 1968, Tapestry Hall was built to display the extensive collection of embroidered tapestries, parade parasols, and other objects of beauty. A priceless collection of Chinese and American costumes is arranged to contrast the two cultures representing the decades from 1850 to 1930.