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Kam Wah Chung and Company Museum

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Address: 125 NW Canton ST, John Day, OR 97845
Phone Number: 541-575-2800
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Middle Oregon Trip

Do not leave John Day without a visit to Kam Wah Chung!!! This is a little hidden treasure time capsule. An actual glimpse into the lives of Chinese emigrants from the late... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Brookings, Oregon
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Brookings, Oregon
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Do not leave John Day without a visit to Kam Wah Chung!!! This is a little hidden treasure time capsule. An actual glimpse into the lives of Chinese emigrants from the late 1880s. A unique merchant and herbal healer's residence, doctor's office and store. Everything is exactly as the day they left the place. I could have spent 2 hours... More 

Thank K9268OItraveler
Dallas, Oregon
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31 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

This museum tells the story of two Chinese men who left their families in the mid-1800s to make their fortunes during the Oregon gold rush. It is a perfectly preserved store/boarding house/gambling center/medical office. The story is so interesting and the two men were each such talented and unique individuals.

Thank ewf97338
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

my title pretty much summed this up. first; john day is a very cool stopover for a lot of geology - but this place should be so high up on the list to be named and protected as a "national monument". go go. the state ranger is wonderful. the history will totally change your opinion of the early chinese immigrants,... More 

Thank abearfellow
Ottery St. Mary, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015

What a treasure. Really good informative tour with interesting staff and a fascinating story. Well worth the detour-go!

Thank simon c
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65 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

Loved this little museum- interesting, informative and unusual. The tour round the original shop and home was like stepping back in time . We knew nothing about the history of the Chinese Community in Oregon but we learnt so much . As other reviewers have commented it was a privilege to gain this insight into two peoples lives. For me,... More 

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Pacific Grove, California
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330 reviews
108 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015

This is a must if you're interested in history -- a fascinating look at the contributions of Chinese to Western U.S. history. This store and living quarters were preserved almost by accident and were left untouched for decades. When interested folk opened the doors, they found everything intact, just as it had been left when the last person passed away.... More 

Thank RuNanS
Kennewick, Washington
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19 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015

This small museum provides an amazing insight into the history of the Chinese community in rural Oregon. It is only possible to understand the depth of information that is contained in this small museum with help. Fortunately, our guide was just the person to bring to life the two Chinese men who lived here for more than a half century.... More 

Thank Badmre
Summerville, Oregon
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24 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

One of the most unusual museums I have ever seen. I appreciate the intimacy of viewing the stuff of these men's lives without it being encased or cordoned off. Thank you for this honest portrayal of important people who are so often overlooked or forgotten.

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Portland, Oregon
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251 reviews
144 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 155 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

Great little tour by the park service that opens the old cabin that served as general store and housing the Chinese doctor who made medicine for all the members of the community--settlers and Chinese laborers. A fascinating story in a unique building. Don't miss it.

Thank garlec
Otley West Yorkshire
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585 reviews
381 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 176 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015 via mobile

We got told about this place from several people and as we stayed in John Day overnight we went to have a look. We were surprised of how good this was. We had a quick look at the museum then took a tour of the old chemist shop. The tour guide was really good and gave us lots of information.... More 

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