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Manzanar National Historic Site

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"Never again!"

Highlighting one of the dark moments in the country's history that must never be forgotten! This... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Kathleen L
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Great Historical Site!

Being of Asian heritage, I had heard about Manzanar, but never had an opportunity to go there. My... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
John K
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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...more
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5001 Hwy. 395, Independence, CA 93526
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Highlighting one of the dark moments in the country's history that must never be forgotten! This facility is incredibly well laid out. We recommend you start in The Visitor Center and see the 20-minute movie to orient yourself and then definitely do the driving tour....More

Thank Kathleen L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Being of Asian heritage, I had heard about Manzanar, but never had an opportunity to go there. My parents lived in Honolulu at the time of Pearl Harbor and they said "martial law" was instituted all over the island, now I know why. Anyway, the...More

Thank John K
Reviewed August 19, 2018

We stopped at Manzanar National Historic Site and got deeper insights into the history of Japanese immigrants (many with US passports) during world war II. It is very touching to read the stories about how they were treated in this period. The Visitor Center is...More

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Reviewed August 16, 2018

As a non-US person I had no idea this happened the Japanese during WW2. Quite an eye opener. Very interesting.

Thank ashnjo
Reviewed August 15, 2018

This place SHOULD be in the classroom or every American school... so we can appreciate the notion that we as a nation, need to take responsibility for simply Getting IT Wrong! I spent 11 out of 12 school years learning about how America never-ever lost...More

Thank AmericaOverEasy
Reviewed August 9, 2018 via mobile

When traveling US 395 take the time to stop at this national park. It is a part of our history and we all need to see it. The visitor center is fantastic. There are recreations of many parts of the camp. Walk out and see...More

Thank JIM M
Reviewed August 2, 2018

Both my wife and I have dear college friends whose parents were interred at Manzanar, so we made it a point to stop hear and learn and feel and experience the echoes of what their families went through. Where does one begin? Lovely vistas of...More

Thank Jcwill5
Reviewed August 1, 2018

Manzanar was an American world war ll internment camp for people of Japanese descent. Shortly after the bombing of Pearl Harbour the camps came into existence from around 1942-1945. The camp is located at the foot of the Sierra Nevada in Californias Owen Valley. As...More

Thank Thomas L
Reviewed July 28, 2018 via mobile

A sad, tragic part of America’s history and an important reminder of how we should not treat anyone else, especially fellow Americans. This is a powerful, heart-tugging experience.

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Reviewed July 28, 2018

I have passed this site many times in my 60+ years in California and knew a little about this time in history but had no idea that there was a visitor's center and parts of the camp still visible. We decided to stop to give...More

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