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Kam Wah Chung and Company Museum, John Day

(4.6/5 based on 95 reviews on the web)
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  • 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...  more »
  • 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 an...  more »
  • I loved this. Very interesting. Free. Get your tickets at the museum. Well signed just off the Hwy near downtown. 
  • Anyone with an interest in the history of Chinese in America, and who is anywhere near this museum, which is in somewhat of a remote small town, known for fly fishing, will find this spot engaging. The old store was sealed with its contents intact when the owners passed, and remained untouched for many years. It's been restored to its original condition. The visitor's center, a block away is a good spot to spend 45 minutes with video and displays before walking through the old store itself. Flash photography is prohibited in the old store because the materials are delicate, so bring a monopod (aka walking stick) if you want to take photos there, it is dimly lit. It is so amazing, you will want to do so! The staff does a great job telling the story of the two owners and the Chinese experience in America in the late 19th, early 20th century. This museum is part of the Oregon State Park system and their website covers hours, the Winter closure and more. The employees also actually answered the phone when I called! On my visit I saw a Chinese American family with their children. There wil be a day when this small museum will be a destination for visitors from China. See it before it gets crowded!
  • Fascinating stop so glad we checked out out and did the tour
  • Awesome history, so glad we stopped by.
  • Well worth the extra time to visit. It tells the story of two unique Chinese-Americans who stayed after the gold rush days to become invalued members of the community. Dr. Hay, Ing Hay, a self taught herbalist ministered to both the Chinese and white communities for over sixty years.
  • Staff is unfriendly and relishes telling you that you are too late for a tour. Worst museum experience in the state