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Japanese American National Museum

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Address: 369 E 1st St, Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, CA 90012-3901
Phone Number: +1 213-625-0414
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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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Informative Museum of Japanese Culture and Art

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Jeffrey T
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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 3 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

This museum is not huge, but it is wonderful. Expect to spend about 2 hours. Parking is convenient and the admission is fair. It is all about Japanese American's and it is so very interesting. Have fun.

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Thank Mary C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

We spent 2-3 hours going through this museum. Very moving. There was a lovely docent(Mr Tanaka, I think) Who spent at least an hour telling us about his experiences at a sugar beet farm. The best part of it

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Thank Jean S
Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

This is one of the most beautiful museums in LA. Not always easy to experience the first-class exhibits as you learn about the history of the Japanese in America, especially in WWII. Some of the most engaging and gracious docents I've ever experienced. Great place for school groups and families.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

This is a must see museum. Artifacts are preserved beautifully and in a manner giving the feel of the actual time period.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

LOVED the Hello Kitty exhibit-very well done & super informative! Also loved the Robot exhibit too. Everything I have seen here has been great! Only slight drag is that upon exiting the exhibits, you pass thru the hard cold reality of Japanese immigrants and prisoners which is slightly devastating (AND an important part of US history), however a little bit... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

The ex-situ inclusion of the remains of an actual internment barracks is powerful and well-incorporated in a beautifully curated historo-cultural experience. Plus, you'll learn that the punk-rock-famous Atomic Cafe was owned and operated by internment survivors who felt a kinship with the outsider message of punk rock.

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