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Japanese American National Museum

369 East First Street, Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, CA 90012 (Central L.A)
213 625 0414
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Ranked #47 of 391 Attractions in Los Angeles
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Museums, Libraries, Specialty Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description: Museum dedicated to the history and culture of Japanese-Americans.
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Los Angeles, California
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222 reviews 222 reviews
119 attraction reviews
121 helpful votes 121 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

I love Asian Culture and History. I was very disappointed. I guess this facility is more for lectures, presentations and meetings than an actual "Museum" this place should renamed Japanese American National Meeting Hall or Exhibit Center or Cultural Center. The main items/displays centered around the Special Detention Camps that the US Govt created during the WWII. Many displays talked... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Enjoyable! We planned to spend a few hours in Little Tokyo, when we came across the Japanese America History Museum. We spent our afternoon in the museum. A must do for everyone. History teaches us our mistakes so we do not repeat them. We are members now and will visit again...

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

I really like the look and architecture of this museum and the courtyard. It's just a nice place to hang out and learn about A-J history and I can walk to Little Tokyo for a great meal afterwards.

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Dallas, Texas
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Most of this museum is average at best but there was an exhibit called Persevere about tattoo art that I found to be really cool.Admission is rather high to me for what is in there.

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Henderson, Nevada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

If you want to try something different with family in LA. Stay and play in Little Tokyo for 2 days. Japanese American Museum very interesting bc, it focuses on japanese immigration and experience which is a major contributor to this motley fabric of US society. As usual something that is glossed over in high school history books.

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Fontana, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

I have been twice to this cultural icon in Los Angeles. The photos and narration provide a part of history never told in our history. As a proud American of Mexican descent, I am reminded of stories my parents told me. I can relate to some of the humiliation of racism but not the internment camps. You can see the... More

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Oak View, California
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

The exhibits in this museum are excellent. There is Perseverance which is a Japanese Tattoo exhibit at the museum until September. There is also one on the internment of the Japanese Americans and another on baseball. Very different subjects extremely well done. Their gift shop is beautiful. Definitely worth going to.

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Los Angeles
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

The permanent collection is small but it's the special expositions that are always very pertinent and exciting. I also love the Chado Tea room that is on the premises.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

Well worth the time and effort for a day visit. You will see various items from the Japanese American History from early days to the present. Art classes for families. Tea room. Library. It's a great little place to visit. I've been a member for years.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

As you tour downtown Los Angeles, spare an hour and a half to learn about the Japanese American experience, particularly here in Los Angeles. The Museum does a first rate, "Smithsonian" type display of artifacts and photos describing the history of Japanese Americans and other Asian American communities in the U.S. but primarily in Southern CA.

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