Kam Wah Chung Chinese Heritage Museum

125 NW Canton St, John Day, Oregon 97845 USA

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Free to Visit
Open Now
Thu 9a-5p
  • Independent
  • No Wifi
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“if you haven't seen this place, you need to go”

Important Note: The 2016 season begins May 1, 2016. If you haven’t seen this place, you need to go.  Originally a Chinese medical clinic, general store, community center and residence, Kam Wah Chung gives you an incomparable glimpse into the past. This remarkable site, a National Historic Landmark, is located in the town of John Day, and includes a museum and a separate interpretive center. The museum was built in the 1870s, possibly as a trading post.  This tiny, unassuming building became home to two Chinese immigrants, Ing “Doc” Hay and Lung On.  Both became locally famous:  Lung On as a general store proprietor and businessman, and “Doc” Hay as a practitioner of herbal medicine.  For 50-some years, the building was a social, medical and religious center for the Oregon’s Chinese community. Learn more about Kam Wah Chung by watching an Emmy nominated documentary produced by Oregon Public broadcasting. An ADA-accessible interpretive center across the street from the museum is open daily.  In 2011, the center opened a new exhibit, detailing the life and times of Doc Hay and Lung On.

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Daisy C.

Fantastic! I would recommend this tour to anyone stopping through John Day. It's also worth going out of your way to visit. What a perfectly preserved part of the Gold Rush history. Staff were... Read more

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Judith M.

The INTERPRETIVE CENTER IS OPEN!!!! although the museum itself is closed, the center has a great 3D tour - narrated by volunteers so go with extra patience with slightly off historical narration-... Read more

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An important piece of Oregon and Chinese history, a must see! I felt very fortunate to have visited the Kam Wah Chung Museum on my recent trip to Oregon. Seeing how the early Chinese settlers... Read more

Kam Wah Chung Chinese Heritage Museum

125 NW Canton St
John Day, Oregon
97845 USA


Open now until 5:00 pm
  • Sun - Sat: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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