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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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Amazing mercantile store and interpretive center

Amazing mercantile store and insight into one of America's first Chinatowns. Hard to fathom that... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Seth M
Portland, Oregon
via mobile
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This is a time capsule back to the 1940s ...very excellent visit! This was during the eclipse and... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Richland, Washington
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125 NW Canton St, John Day, OR 97845-1142
+1 541-575-2800
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Amazing mercantile store and insight into one of America's first Chinatowns. Hard to fathom that this was one of the original places to get medical care in John Day!

Thank Seth M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a time capsule back to the 1940s ...very excellent visit! This was during the eclipse and it was packed - but the staff had planned ahead and it was very organized. Well worth it!

Thank suzannesg
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

so very fascinating. A real step back in time. Try to imagine life for the Chinese back 100+ years ago. In spite of the horrible treatment they survived and thrived on little. That skill is nearly lost today! You have to marvel at how they...More

Thank schoong324
Reviewed 7 July 2017

A preserved outpost for the Chinese dating back to the Gold Rush era. Two partners owned the business, one a herbalist, the other more outgoing businessman. A complementary pair made a success of the establishment. Because of the illness of the last remaining partner the...More

Thank EffStop
Reviewed 3 July 2017 via mobile

Awesome and informative tour of the Chinese immigrants in John Day. Peserved just as it was left. Well worth the stop.

Thank Jon F
Reviewed 11 June 2017

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

1  Thank readreadsleep
Reviewed 12 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

1  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
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Hollis G
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