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Heart Mountain Interpretive Center

1539 Road 19, Powell, WY 82435-8723
+1 307-754-8000
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So touched & impressed

My husband & I were so impressed with our visit. The staff was helpful & very informative. The... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Jodi L
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Very Informative

We were on a slightly tight timeline and didn't get to read all of the information available but... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Brad W
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The Heart Mountain Interpretive Center is located at the site of a former World War II Japanese American Relocation Camp. Shortly after the bombing of Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, Japanese Americans on the West Coast were rounded up and confined in 10 camps around the country. One of these was located at Heart Mountain, and approximately 14,000 Japanese Americans were wrongly incarcerated here. The camp today features a museum, gallery, walking tour, original Relocation Camp structures and a World War II Memorial. The museum features interactive exhibits for visitors of all ages showing how Japanese Americans coped with unjust confinement and how the story of Japanese American imprisonment affects our lives today. A 14-minute introductory film plays several times each hour.
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1539 Road 19, Powell, WY 82435-8723
+1 307-754-8000
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband & I were so impressed with our visit. The staff was helpful & very informative. The displays were educational & most of them tugged at our heart strings. We will definitely return to the Center.

Thank Jodi L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were on a slightly tight timeline and didn't get to read all of the information available but will return to the center sometime in the near future. I lived in Powell when I was much younger and had no idea of the history here....More

Thank Brad W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped off here on our road trip leg cody-billings and it is definitley worth a stop. The two ladies working there were really knowledgeable and helpful, very friendly as well. A brilliant film of people who lived at the camp followed by a walk through...More

Thank PeteTPie
Reviewed 13 May 2017

Couldn't believe what we had stumbled upon to be honest. We were advised to visit this from a lady in Cody who said in general the Americans were ashamed of this part of their WWII history. And rightly so, they should be. Heart-breaking & probably...More

Thank Dweezelly
Reviewed 6 May 2017 via mobile

Exceptional! The bricks leading to the front door are reminders of a bleak period in our history. The center itself has soooo much information and numerous pieces from the actual camp. Take a look into one of the barracks now located on site. Go up...More

Thank teridGA
Reviewed 23 April 2017 via mobile

Not knowing about this place till my husband brought me there it was an eye opener. There is s few original building left. The museum is a Great eye opener to how they were treated. They show you how they lived before going to camp,...More

Thank RJohnson1975
Reviewed 10 April 2017

We had never seen the Japanese Internment Camp so opted to stay one more day to see it. A very sad story in our nation's history but this center gives one a feel for how betrayed the Japanese Americans felt by their government. I encourage...More

Thank crhardin
Reviewed 15 March 2017

I didn't know what to expect at this center but so very glad we went. It was sobering to be sure. You see personal notes and pictures from the people who were there. You will see actual rooms where families spent way too long in...More

Thank chocchic066
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

Located on the road between Powell and Cody, the Center is a stark reminder of a chapter in our nations history that our family never knew about. A stop here is highly recommended! Lots of information in a great presentation.

Thank Edward S
Reviewed 13 March 2017

This is a worldclass museum which carefully, creatively, and sensitively communicates the period in American history when Japanese-Americans were interned in camps throughout our country. It is a timely and important reminder of what can and has happened when groups of people are targeted because...More

Thank Powell_WyomingHbw
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My father was interned at Heart Mountain. I wanted to go with my husband to the Heart Mountain Interpretive Center this summer during the pilgrimage (end of July). I would like more information about the best way to fly in from San Diego, CA. I would also like to take a trip to Yellowstone afterwards, and would like to find out the best way of getting there as well.
25 February 2017|
Response from Dakota R | Property representative |
The closest airport to the center (13 miles) is the Yellowstone Regional Airport in Cody, Wyoming. You can usually find a flight here with just a short layover in Denver or Salt Lake City. The East Gate to Yellowstone... More
We are planning an RV trip from Ohio to Yellowstone. This place wasn't even on our radar until we saw Alligenace last week at the theatre. How long should we allow to tour. There are 6 of us--2 parents and 4 kids ages 22-14.
22 February 2017|
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Response from Dakota R | Property representative |
We recommend giving yourself at least 90 minutes to visit the museum and grounds, but many guests stay for 2 hours or more. We look forward to your visit!