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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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Wow, there is so much to look at in this little museum. We wondered around for over an hour. There are also books for sale of which I purchased three. Just loved this place.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Branscomb calif.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wow, there is so much to look at in this little museum. We wondered around for over an hour. There are also books for sale of which I purchased three. Just loved this place.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had to stop here after seeing this on TV. The park ranger will give you tours inside. very cool to see this place preserved. A must see if you are in John Day.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The tiny, perfectly preserved building was once the general store, apothecary, medical clinic, and a boarding house at the center of what was then the largest "Chinatown" in the US. All residents were men, imported as laborer and not allowed to bring their families from China. It was also the home of two young immigrants, one proprietor of the store,... More 

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Lake Stevens, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

First, WOW. The Kam Wah Chung museum is by far one of the best museums I've visited in the US. Who would have thought I would have had to travel to the small community of John Day in Eastern Oregon to find it. This is truly a treasure. It's a perfectly preserved Chinese doctor office and store from the turn... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We learned a great deal about the Chinese community in Central Oregon from the 1860's into the 20th century. The museum is a must see, including the video. We did not have time to review the store/pharmacy but hope to on our way through again in a few days.

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Salem, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We almost didn't stay for the tour but are so glad we did! The interpretive center is neat but small. You have to get there on the hour for a guided tour (eight people max) and they walk you over to the Chinese house. The items inside are all original and preserved from around 1952. And it's free! I had... More 

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Menard, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

No one should miss this out of the way historical site. When the Kam Wah Chung store's owner went in the hospital in 1952, the door was locked thinking he'd be back soon. Well, he died and the city was given the building only they didn't open the doors for 20 years and when they did, it was exactly as... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Chinese population in the area may have been as large as two to three thousand. Two young Chinese men made a strong presence in both the Chinese community and in time the white population around John Day Oregon. One as a medical practitioner and the other as a business man. They thrived as leaders in the early Chinese community... More 

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Salem, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

One of the best historical site museums [about 45 minute guided tours only] we've visited! The general store and Chinese apothecary owned and operated by Lung On and Ing 'Doc' Hay [interesting men with interesting stories] was left pretty much 'as-is' after their passing. "Frozen in time" would be be a good description of Kam Wah Chung, a definite must... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

As others have written, this is an unexpectedly fascinating plunge into the lives and world of 2 Chinese men of the late 19th-to-mid-20th C. The building is just as they left it 70 years ago, complete with fruit offerings on the household altar. The guided tour was personal and full of anecdotes and snippets of history. Don't miss it!

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