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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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Unexpected History

A coworker and I stopped by after a meeting, and I was surprised by the upgrades in the last decade! There is a regular museum and a Forest Service ranger who admits and guides... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 30, 2014
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Pendleton, Oregon
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Pendleton, Oregon
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32 reviews 32 reviews
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

A coworker and I stopped by after a meeting, and I was surprised by the upgrades in the last decade! There is a regular museum and a Forest Service ranger who admits and guides you through the Kam Wah Chung building. Well worth your time!

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

This is a very unique museum. Stepping into the old house will make you feel like you have travelled back in time. You can imagine the people who used to live there are still there. The tour guide is also excellent. My kids enjoyed it too.

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Carmichael, California
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72 reviews 72 reviews
7 attraction reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

What an awesome museum with a guided tour from very knowledgable docents! I will definitely stop here again on my next visit!

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Mountainside, New Jersey
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62 reviews 62 reviews
30 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

Kam Wah Chung Chinese Heritage Museum is outstanding. They have several good videos to watch and just the right number of exhibits to explain the history and keep your attention. In addition, they offer guided tours of the original store. The Chinese emigrants in the US are seldom presented as part of our history and this museum provides just the... More 

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Oregon
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43 reviews 43 reviews
7 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

This place is a gem where history has been frozen in time. If you see nothing else in this area DON'T MISS KAM WAH CHUNG MUSEUM! We've visited numerous times and never tire of the history.

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Sunnyvale, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

This is a great step back in time to a preserved store/doctor office from the early 20th century. Docents do a fabulous job of explaining the lives of the two men who opened this store and built it up over the years. What a gift the families gave the community and then the state by preserving the store!

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West Linn
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65 reviews 65 reviews
13 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

I enjoy seeing these sorts of things in that it has a sort of ghost town feel. The store, doctor's office and living quarters are as they were when the two owners walked away decades ago. Shelves crammed with goods, calendars hanging, worn furniture, original lighting, and so on. Reminded me of the Bodie ghost town in California, which is... More 

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Elyria, Ohio
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68 reviews 68 reviews
33 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Free State of OR museums, donation appreciated -- very good tour guide. This place is a time capsule -- a window into a time past

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Portland, Oregon
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106 reviews 106 reviews
37 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

Oregon Parks deserves a pat on the back for providing a terrific museum and tour of this most fascinating part of Chinese History in America. The tour guide was informative, friendly and quite clever in the way she guided us through the small remnant building that served as the cultural center of Chinese immigrants to the mining history of Canyon... More 

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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Just go. This was the centerpiece of an eastern Oregon road trip I had wanted to take for yeatd. Unique smidgen of Chinese immigrant lifestyle that you simply couldn't see elsewhere. Yeah it's a long drive but you'll stop being cranky once you meet the enthusiastic folks that run the place. You can feel the spirits. Contemplate the parallels of... More 

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