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Japanese American National Museum
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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.
Reviewed December 21, 2013

The museum is located just across the street Little Tokyo and very close to the Gold Line station, so it is very easy to access without having to drive. However, if you have to drive there is parking all around the area. I paid $8 for a spot across the street. The museum itself is very new and modern. The first floor is made up of a few temporary exhibitions and the second floor is made up of all the main exhibitions.

As you walk upstairs, you begin a journey back in time...a very sad portion of American history that should not be forgotten. The main portion of this museum is comprised of artifacts and stories from the WWII Concentration campus the US placed hundreds of thousands of Japanese Americans in. What really made this museum stand out to me are the docents. The docent I was privileged with talk to me for over an hour telling stories about his occupation and daily life in the concentration camps.

Admission is only $9 (Students $5 w/ID). On Thursdays between 5pm and 8pm it'[s free to get in. The 3rd Thursday of every month is free all day. They are closed on Mondays.

If you happen to be in the Little Tokyo area of downtown LA, this is a great museum to check out.

4  Thank KelvinRyan
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Reviewed November 4, 2013

The Japanese American National Museum has chronicled the history of Japanese Americans with special emphasis on the forced evacuation of 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry, many American citizens by birth, from the West Coast to 10 camps surrounded by barbed wire and guard towers. The photos and artifacts tell many stories, but most impressive is the partial reconstruction of one of the tar paper covered barracks from the Heart Mountain, Wyoming camp. To view through the windows of a single room in which a family lived is especially moving. The Museum is bright and clean with meetings rooms and a museum store. Walking tours of the Little Tokyo historical area are available. Check the Museum website for special events such as lectures, discussions and instructional workshops.

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Reviewed October 27, 2013

for someone with Japanese heritage/culture background, it was a wonderful multi-sensory experience for learning. i took my young adult daughter there and she was able to really learn about her background culture and the experiences her uncles, aunts and grandparents went through in the US

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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.

Thank ronwatanabe
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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.

Thank Izzy K
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