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Kam Wah Chung and Company Museum, John Day

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  • 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 ...  more »
  • Awesome and informative tour of the Chinese immigrants in John Day. Peserved just as it was left. Well worth the stop.  more »
  • 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 th...  more »
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  • The volunteers here are fantastic and very knowledgeable. The tour guide was a great story teller, really paints a great picture of the family and area and leaves you wanting to do more research. A really great experience.
  • Great piece of history! Tours are once an hour with a max of 8 people each tour. They don't take reservations, so get there early.
  • Very interesting!
  • 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

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