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Kam Wah Chung and Company Museum

125 NW Canton St, John Day, OR 97845-1142
+1 541-575-2800
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Fascinating look into the past

The story of the Kam Wah Chung & Co shop is fascinating to say the least. The shop itself is very... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Tjshade
via mobile
Five Stars not Enough

Trust me no matter where you live you have to come here. This is one of the most amazing stories in... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Frank P
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Eugene, Oregon
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125 NW Canton St, John Day, OR 97845-1142
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The story of the Kam Wah Chung & Co shop is fascinating to say the least. The shop itself is very small but there is also a small museum. The shop is only accessible via the guided tour. Well worth the time to learn about...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Trust me no matter where you live you have to come here. This is one of the most amazing stories in American history. You can read all about it on-line and several tv documentries but when you stand in the actual building these two great...More

Thank Frank P
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you get within a hundred miles of it, you must detour to see the Kam Wah Chung and Company Museum. The short version of the story is that in the late nineteenth century Chinese miners were active in the John Day area. Two Chinese...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The tour of the house is great and quite informative, telling the story of hardy Chinese immigrants who helped build our country, coming in the hope of finding work and opportunity. Worth an hour of your time when you drive through John Day.

Thank Philip C
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

One of the most unusual and worthwhile park tours, an incredible old building, and a story of Chinese immigrants making their way in the new world during the gold rush.

Thank Ken W
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This tour was definitely worthwhile. Tour guide did a great job. A fascinating little slice of John Day gold rush history! Museum is an old store/pharmacy that belonged to a pair of Chinese immigrants. Amazing to see everything left just as it had been so...More

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Reviewed July 9, 2018

Guide very knowledgeable about the history of the Chinese in John Day and the details of the old pharmacy

Thank Kay C
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Reviewed June 20, 2018 via mobile

The volunteer tour guide Mel well-deserves the outstanding tour award given to him and his wife in 2016. He clearly studied the events that led to Chinese immigrating to the US and the conditions that both welcomed and resented them over the years. I particularly...More

Thank AnnKirby
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Reviewed May 28, 2018

We visited this out of the way museum after friends recommended it and were not disappointed. Such a fascinating history! The original chinese owner left everything and locked up the building thinking he would return, but he died. This place was frozen in time. Don't...More

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Reviewed May 9, 2018 via mobile

We enjoyed the museum...actually learned more from museum than tour guide. While the tour was interesting, the guide was a control freak, not very knowledgeable and felt the need to overlay her own judgements and biased opinions over historical facts. The State of Oregon can...More

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I'm afraid I don't know if reservations are possible, but I suspect that they aren't. The tours are every hour, at the top of the hour, and there are only eight persons per tour. I would get there at least fifteen minutes... More
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