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“Mai Wah: Historic Cultural Site”
Review of The Mai Wah

The Mai Wah
Reviewed 16 July 2012

A worthwhile stop if you are passing through town. It is very surprising to learn about the cultural and ethnic diversity existing in this mountain city. This place focuses on the Chinese immigrant community that settled in the area about a century ago. The buildings, once home to noodle shops and a general store is in the heart of the former Chinatown. Exhibits on the first floor are informative. They curators are working on exhibiting the contents of the Wah Chong Tai store in situ. I was able to have a glimpse of many items not yet curated. Amazing that the museum was able to obtain so many artifacts intact. The place is very much a work in progress and well worth the five dollar donation requested to see it. The structure and its furnishing is very old and rustic. This is perhaps the most fascinating aspect of the experience. If only the walls could speak....

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Reviewed 27 June 2012

We read about it in our tourbook and decided to visit. What a pleasant surprise for us to visit this small museum. It's facinating to learn about the Chinese immigrants and their lives in Butte in the early 20th century. The museum is located in the original noodle shop operated by a Chinese family. They just aquired many authetic furnitures and items of that period. It reminded us of the Tenement museum in NYC, in a smaller scale of course. The staff was very friendly and answered our many questions. If you happened to drive by Butte, I'd recommend you to visit this charming museum.

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