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Kam Wah Chung and Company Museum

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Address: 125 NW Canton St, John Day, OR 97845-1142
Phone Number: +1 541-575-2800
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Incredible to learn about the Chinese in small town USA

You would probably never hear about this museum unless you look at Trip Advisor or have a family member that lives in the area. If you're in Oregon and doing a road trip, stop at... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed October 24, 2016
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WEST LINN
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2016

You would probably never hear about this museum unless you look at Trip Advisor or have a family member that lives in the area. If you're in Oregon and doing a road trip, stop at all the small museums you pass on the road you will find some really good ones like Kam Wah Chung. Captivating!

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University Place, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2016 via mobile

So much history packed into a small place. Not just the Chinese/American experience but a view into the entrepreneurial spirit of the time. Many products from the early 20th century, both medicinal and consumer. A glimpse into the life of immigrants in a hostile time. Our docent was charming and knowledgeable.

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Sherwood, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2016

I loved this. Very interesting. Free. Get your tickets at the museum. Well signed just off the Hwy near downtown.

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Woking, England
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2016

This was more interesting than I expected. The tour of the building was very good and the Ranger really knew her stuff. The Visitor Centre closed for lunch, which I hadn't realised, but what I saw of it was interesting and well presented. Allow at least a couple of hours for tour and visitor centre.

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Roseburg, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2016

I came for the afternoon tour on September 18th. The guided tour was informative and highly interesting, staff and park ranger knowledgeable and friendly. An interesting glimpse into the Old West's good and bad side. Chinese immigrants certainly went through much racism and even violence, yet still did good by themselves and their communities.

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England
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016 via mobile

We arrived at 8.55 with the intention of being on the 9am tour only to be greeted by a queue (max 8 people per tour). This in hindsight was fortunate as whilst we waited for the 10am tour we were able to look around the the interpretive centre and talk to one of the volunteers (thanks Bruce). I'd really recommend... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2016 via mobile

Loved this amazing collection: Chinese Herbal Pharmacy, altars, General Store goods and simple furnishings. A unique glimpse into the past, and successes of 2 Chinese immigrants in spite of the racism of the gold rush days and beyond.

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Hertfordshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2016

By the time we reached John Day on our road trip we’d learned a fair bit about the Oregon Trail and life out west in the 19th century. Kam Wah Chung added a whole new dimension to the experience. We were able to see on the one hand the remains of merchandise accumulated and sold by businessman Lung On, and... More 

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Nashua, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2016

This little museum is well worth a visit. There is a display set up in the ticket area which is very interesting and gives a lot of background to the era. The tours to the museum are guided so be sure to find out the times. The museum itself has many interesting artifacts and lots of information about the Chinese... More 

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Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2016

Oregon has such a rich history and is such a beautiful state, and this museum adds to its' rich culture! I recommend getting the tour! Our tour guide was so knowledgeable and so good about answering our questions, including my 11 year old son's questions. She was so patient and informative! The people at The Oregon Trail Interpretive Centre in... More 

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