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Manzanar National Historic Site

5001 Hwy. 395, Independence, CA 93526
+1 760-878-2194
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Well Done, and a Great Tribute to Our Japanese People

I have been wanting to visit here for many years. It lives up to its billing as the best preserved... read more

Reviewed May 4, 2017
Clovis, California
Must visit for every American

.. especially those who take our democracy for granted. American citizens of Japanese descent were... read more

Reviewed May 1, 2017
Sarah M
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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 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.
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5001 Hwy. 395, Independence, CA 93526
+1 760-878-2194
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Reviewed May 4, 2017

I have been wanting to visit here for many years. It lives up to its billing as the best preserved of the ten relocation camps. I enjoyed all of the exhibits, and the re created barracks, and school room. My Aunt was here, when she...More

1  Thank golfkat
Reviewed May 1, 2017 via mobile

.. especially those who take our democracy for granted. American citizens of Japanese descent were stripped of their constitutional rights and imprisoned in concentration camps between 1943 and 1945, simply because of their ancestry. Manzanar was one of the 10 prisons. The sight and museum...More

1  Thank Sarah M
Reviewed April 28, 2017

I visited Manzanar National Historic Site and had the pleasure of meeting up with Kammi Foote, a member of The Friends of Manzanar and Bernadette Johnson the Superintendent of Manzanar on behalf of the National Park Service. On this visit, the site was preparing for...More

1  Thank N4595KRricharde
Reviewed April 27, 2017

Traveled from Las Vegas to California on our way back home to Oregon. Took the wife and kids (teenagers) to this place and spent several hours here. Excellent displays, along with a driving audio tour made this a very educational stop for the whole family....More

1  Thank MrGodzilla
Reviewed April 17, 2017

This museum and restored outer buildings was so well done. Very sensitive and emotional visit which unfortunately has a current political context. It is a must see! The stories of internees was so moving. Be sure to see the short movie before seeing the rest...More

1  Thank caroline p
Reviewed March 22, 2017

Set aside an hour or more to visit. At the very least stop into the Visitor Center to explore this sad chapter in our Nation's history. It will be quite hot outside in the summer and quite cold in the dead of winter, so plan...More

1  Thank OutdoorBoomer
Reviewed March 19, 2017

We visited in the middle of August and it was still a spectacular visit even though it was hotter than heck. The video, the artifacts, the remaining buildings - all very well done and very educational. I knew little about the internment camp before we...More

Thank chris w
Reviewed March 13, 2017 via mobile

We watched the movie and then toured the site. I was touched by the resilience of the people living in this internment facility. We concluded with a drive around the property, getting out occasionally to view the various gardens and cemetery. Go see this place....More

1  Thank sheryl t
Reviewed March 10, 2017

The visitor center does a good job of presenting the internment of the Japanese here during World War 2, from differing points of view. It is a sad part of our history that is good to be reminded of as we face challenges in our...More

2  Thank Jim B
Reviewed March 7, 2017

A wonderful and touching history chapter! Well curated and organized artifacts. If you are passing through, do not miss this gem!

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