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Japanese American National Museum

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Address: 369 East First Street, Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone Number:
+1 213-625-0414
Today
11:00 - 17:00
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Tue - Wed 11:00 - 17:00
Thu 12:00 - 20:00
Fri - Sun 11:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
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Museum dedicated to the history and culture of Japanese-Americans.

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A small gem of a museum

This is a great way to learn about the experiences of Japanese Americans. There are fascinating permanent exhibits about the Japanese Internment Camps that were established in... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Susan v
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a great way to learn about the experiences of Japanese Americans. There are fascinating permanent exhibits about the Japanese Internment Camps that were established in California during World War II. There are always rotating exhibits that are interesting as well as a great gift shop.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Situated across the street from a charming pedestrian-friendly plaza known as Little Tokyo, the Japanese American National Museum's main attraction is its exhibition of pictures and other memorabilia from the concentration camps along highway 395 to which Japanese-American residents were subject in response to the attack on Pearl Harbor. Surely, as the name implies, the museum's content covers wider ground... More 

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Lancaster, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Good museum for learning about Japanese American history. Lots of information about the WWII internment experience including a living quarters building. Exhibits show the life of Japanese immigrants and the discrimination they faced. It educates on an important time in history that is barely spoken of in schools, if at all, but everyone should know about.

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Seattle, WA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Absolutely worth a visit if you are interested in history. This is a great museum that tells an interesting story.

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Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum has a huge amount of information for you who are interested in Japanese-American history. They provide a theatre room where you can watch a documentary film. There are also art installation, historical installation and additional displays (about polynesian-titled Tatau). And, this museum has a special price for student. Even though you are out-of-state student.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Worthy of your time and effort to visit, this museum features exhibits and information pertaining to the struggles of Japanese immigrants to become US Citizens and also to become accepted as faithful and loyal citizens in spite of being unlawfully stripped of their constitutional rights as citizens and forcibly interned in relocation camps. Adjacent to the museum is a memorial... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

A beautiful Museum with a lot of information on Japanese Art and Culture. I enjoyed the vast amount of Los Angeles and California Japanese Cultural displays as my family is from this area. A good place to start if your of Japanese decent and lacking in a bit of cultural knowledge.

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Thank Jeffrey T
Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

Every American should visit this collection of essential, but not necessarily well known, American history. As an American too young for WWII, who grew up in New England, the history of Japanese-Americans was late in arriving. Perhaps older Americans were too embarrassed by their our conduct/attitudes toward them to tell us. And so moving when, as an adult, I realized... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

We visited the museum with a group of friends and we arranged for a private docent tour. I was so impressed with our docent's knowledge, and learned a great deal about the Japanese immigrants who came to Los Angeles in particular. The exhibit re. the relocation of the Japanese during WWII to concentration camps was moving and educational, a very... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

Every year that I teach WWII to World History 10th graders, I bring my students to the Japanese American National Museum; this means I've been coming here for over 10 years. Each year, I learn something new and am impressed with the time and care the docents give to my students. Many of the docents were either interned themselves as... More 

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