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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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Docent Led Tours Leave on the Hour

As an important note: The store and apothecary can only be visited when accompanied by a docent... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
readreadsleep
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Santa Barbara, California
Chinese medicine is popular in small town

Local authorities opened up this building, closed for a couple of decades, and were amazed to... read more

Reviewed 11 May 2017
Priscilla E
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125 NW Canton St, John Day, OR 97845-1142
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As an important note: The store and apothecary can only be visited when accompanied by a docent. The way it works is that you go first to the interpretive center (across the street diagonally) from the Kam Wah Chun store. There you get your ticket...More

Thank readreadsleep
Reviewed 11 May 2017

Local authorities opened up this building, closed for a couple of decades, and were amazed to discover an extensive Chinese shop, encompassing everything from dry goods and liquor to Chinese herbal products used in medicine. The business was a partnership between Lung On and Ing...More

Thank Priscilla E
Reviewed 24 October 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...More

Thank rraschio
Reviewed 23 October 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....More

Thank mikeandlindaSeattle
Reviewed 28 September 2016

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

Thank robinsdl
Reviewed 28 September 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...More

Thank mumontour08
Reviewed 25 September 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,...More

Thank jim a
Reviewed 14 September 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...More

Thank TheFunk
Reviewed 9 September 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.

Thank asdfglkjh
Reviewed 30 August 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...More

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Hollis G
Overnighting in John Day July 4 would like to tour Museum morning of July 5. Do I need a reservation, if o how?
2 July 2016|
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Response from Roger_Selene | Reviewed this property |
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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