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Manzanar National Historic Site

5001 Hwy. 395, PO Box 426, Independence, CA 93526
760-878-2194
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, National Parks
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: Manzanar NHS tells the stories of 120,000 Japanese Americans excluded from the West Coast and confined during WWII. Manzanar was the first of ten... more » Owner description: Manzanar NHS tells the stories of 120,000 Japanese Americans excluded from the West Coast and confined during WWII. Manzanar was the first of ten camps and held 11,070 people, 2/3 of them American citizens. Today, visitors explore the site by walking or driving to see foundations, trees, rock gardens, and stone alignments. Extensive exhibits feature historic photos, film footage and audio programs, a scale model, a children’s exhibit, and special programs. Open daily. Free admission. « less
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Central Valley California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2012

everyone should get informed about what happended at Manzanar. It is a shameful part of history during World War II. If you don't understand history and learn from mistakes then history will be repeated.The visitors center was well done. I think the effort and knowledge they are teaching is well worth the time and effort to stop.

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British Columbia, Canada
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36 reviews 36 reviews
11 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2012

We only learned about Manzanar when we visited Lone Pine. It was a Japanese internment camp during World War II. The original entrance gatehouse is still there, but the wooden buildings that lined the streets are long gone. It's a haunting experience to drive down the streets and roads. The old community hall has been remodeled and is now a... More

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San Francisco, California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2012

Unbelievable history. Very interesting and well built displays.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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32 reviews 32 reviews
11 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2012

I stopped here because I was close -- not something I would have sought out. I am glad I did. Most people have heard of the internment camps I suspect, but to visit one, and see what it was like is a very powerful experience. And a very relevant experience, given modern times. The NPS does their usual fantastic job... More

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Monrovia, California
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2012

Museum is great and tour is great around the camp. Leaves you feeling of the ghost of the past.

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Sebastopol, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2011

There is not much left of the actual camp but you will get a clear idea of the size of it. The museum is excellent and if you are lucky docents who were children residing in the camp will have some wonderful stories for you. Near Lone Pine, make a day of it and visit the film museum also.

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Ventura
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2011

Manzanar Internment Camp that housed Japanese Citizens during early years of WWII has been much improved with a great visitor center and maps to drive around and understand the remains.

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haywards heath
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2011

This is a very moving description of a distressing part of American History. It's run by the national park service, so is of the usual high standard. Certainly worth a detour to visit.

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Palo Alto, CA
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25 reviews 25 reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2011

I had never been to Manzanar. Actually, I didn't even know what it was. I needed an afternoon's break from hiking and saw this and decided to visit. I knew the history of the internment camps, I didn't know this one was here. The Interprative Center is just beautiful, as much as any gut wrenching piece of our history can... More

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Glendale, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2011

Having studied Manzanar in history, film, and literature, I was eager to visit. From the moment we entered the internment camp and passed the guard kiosks, I could feel the ghosts of the past. It was ironic to see a wooden sign posted marking the "Mazanar Free Press." The grounds are well marked, so that one can see how it... More

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