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“Proud Heritage, Sad History” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Japanese American National Museum

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 #36 of 310 Attractions in Los Angeles
Type: Libraries, History Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Museum dedicated to the history and culture of Japanese-Americans.
Honolulu, Hawaii
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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“Proud Heritage, Sad History”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

A great museum highlighting the sad history of the internment and taking of civil rights of Japanese-Americans during the hysteria following the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Also much more on the history of the Japanese since their immigration to the US and their history in the United States. The exhibits of the great Japanese-American leaders are an inspiration to all who aspire to be American. I wish every American, especially students, could see this wonderful exhibit. I hope to visit again with my grandchildren.

Visited October 2013
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English first
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26 reviews 26 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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“Wonderful!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

I visited the JANM with my three teenage daughters. The JANM traces the Japanese American experience in the United States from the earliest immigrants to the present, with a big emphasis on the first half of the 20th century and the internment of American citizens of Japanese descent (and others) during the second world war. It is an important part of our nation's history of which every US citizen should be aware if we are not to repeat this shameful treatment of our own citizens and other innocent people. It is also a great history lesson that highlights the stunningly discriminatory laws that have existed in our parents' lifetime and a reason to celebrate how far we have come as a nation in protecting the civil rights of our citizens and embracing the diversity of our population. The facility is absolutely beautiful and it is obvious that a lot of thought went into its design and layout. After your visit, you have an opportunity to walk across the street to dine at one of the many great Japanese restaurants (yum!) or buy a confection at the Yamazaki bakery. There are also stores selling Japanese goods.

Visited August 2013
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Gilbert, Arizona
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“An Amazing Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

The Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo, LA is amazing. A great deal of thought was put into the design of the exhibits. As a Japanese-American I can tell you that it was a touching display and the guides were incredibly insightful. My son now has a better understanding of how things were in the United States during WWII for Japanese Americans and this knowledge and the experience he had at the museum are priceless. Many thanks to all who contributed in making this museum a truly amazing experience!

Visited July 2013
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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“True Gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

My family visited this museum which is located close to Japanese town in LA. The museum centers around the internment of Japanese Americans during WWII. The exhibits are creative, interesting, and thought provoking. Many explore issues relating to race and individual identity. We were fortunate enough to meet a gentleman who had been interned in a camp as a high school senior and then served in the Pacific during WWII. He provided us with insightful commentary that was one of the highlights of our trip.

Visited August 2013
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Rancho Palos Verdes, California
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“Exploring downtown Los Angeles”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

This was our first visit to this museum. It was very informative. We all learned a lot about the treatment of Japanese in the US. It would have been better if the museum was more interactive. Loved the film previews!

Visited July 2013
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