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Kam Wah Chung State Heritage Site

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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 1865, possibly as a trading post and stage stop. This tiny, unassuming building became home to two Chinese immigrants, Ing "Doc" Hay and Lung On in 1888. Both became locally famous:  Lung On as a general store proprietor and businessman, and "Doc" Hay as a practitioner of herbal medicine. For over 60-some years the building was a social, medical, and religious center for Oregon's Chinese community.

Truly a time capsule unique in the world, you must come check out this place!  Learn more about Kam Wah Chung by watching and Emmy nominated documentary produced by Oregon Public Broadcasting.

An ADA-accessible interpretive center across the street from the museum is open daily May 1 - October 31.  In 2011, the center opened a new exhibit, detailing the life and times of Doc Hay and Lung On.

Museum Tours

The Kam Wah Chung Museum will not open for Spring Break, the week of March 23-27, 2020. The park and interpretive center are still open. Please feel free to email or call Museum Curator, Don Merritt at 541-575-2800, Donald.merritt@oregon.gov with questions about the museum.

Open daily May 1 - October 31, 9a.m. - Noon,  1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Guided tours only. Eight people per tour, occasionally we allow extra people per tour under certain conditions.

Tours last about 45 minutes (last tour at 4 p.m.).

Tours start at the top of each hour at the Interpretive Center located a block and a half south of the Kam Wah Chung building.

We strongly encourage that you call ahead to book a tour hour since there are limited slots per tour and limited tours per day.  541-575-2800.