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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: 213 625 0414
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Tue - Wed 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thu 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Fri - Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes

Museum dedicated to the history and culture of Japanese-Americans.

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The JANM has the best depiction of the history of the Japanese Americans in this great country of ours. Very little is publicized about their contributions, struggles and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Naples, FL
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Naples, FL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The JANM has the best depiction of the history of the Japanese Americans in this great country of ours. Very little is publicized about their contributions, struggles and accomplishments. It is all here in a compact and moving manner. It is an eye opener for the uniformed. DId you know that the most decorated combat unit in the long, history... More 

Thank ohgeorge
Paris, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I really like this place. It's not too big, so it's great for an afternoon. They have interesting touring exhibitions like Noguchi, Hello Kitty, etc. as well as events in the evenings such as readings and social activities. If I lived closer, I think I'd be here all the time.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you're doing the "gems of LA tour", include this stop. Lots to see in the area, and friendly, personal tours. The docents are wonderful. Ours had a very soft voice so it was a little hard to hear, but otherwise great.

Thank norma r
Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I took a group of students from Japan to see the Japanese American National Museum. They were fascinated by the women's exhibit and the handmade items. American students respond in a similar manner. The postcards are always moving. I recommend visiting often. Items in the gift store change frequently and help support the museum.

Thank Caren R
los angeles
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

You can't really miss on Japanese food here, and the live music on the weekends is surprisingly good, or may be not because this is LA. Fun vibe, many people dressed for Harjuku who aren't even Asian:)

Thank niceguysf99
Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I happened to visit the museum almost by accident, was curious to see their gift shop (I am always interested in Japanese books), and discovered a very good museum. They have interesting exhibits throughout the year, but the most important one, in my opinion, is the one about the dark history of the concentration camps where Japanese Americans were interned... More 

Thank stefano a
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Try to go for one of the many cultural events: poetry readings, dance performances, etc. Be shocked and saddened at the actual internment camp barracks moved here: find out how non-white Americans were treated during WW II.

Thank HJDB
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We took our grandson there to introduce a little family background legacy, my wife being a sansei born in Chicago to parents who met and married while interned in Poston, Arizona. So the artifacts and experiences have some direct relevance to us, and that part of the museum was top notch in that regard. The staff is excellent as well.... More 

Thank Liars N F
Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I enjoy the various exhibits shown throughout the year. The staff in the library are very informative and will help you find what you are looking for.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A quiet and calm museum downtown LA where you can find good temporary exhibitions and also the real history of the events with Japanese community in America during Second World War.

Thank ekatsurayama

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