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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 January 30, 2014

Our grandson wanted to visit this museum when we took him to Los Angeles last summer. When we first entered the museum, a man approached us and asked us if we would like to hear his family's story of the experiences they had as Japanese Americans during World War II. We agreed that we would, and he showed us pictures of his family and told us the sad truth about them, as well as other Japanese Americans, who were treated inhumanely and callously during World War II because of their Japanese heritage.
After talking to this gentleman, we continued through the museum, seeing the wonderful exhibits, artwork and films that further described the way America treated these people. As I read and saw the museum's exhibits, I felt ashamed that our country would do this; we all felt sad, and so sorry that this happened.
I recommend that anyone who has access to Los Angeles visit this museum, and plan to spend an afternoon of reflection and then resolution to be more sensitive to others. It left me with a far greater respect for any race or group who have had to suffer the indignities of being treated less than other humans.
The staff at the museum are polite and helpful, reminding people that this is a place for meditation and quiet reflection.

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Reviewed January 3, 2014

I just visited today with my adult daughter who spent 2 weeks as a high school exchange student in Japan. From the other reviews you already know what an uplifting and enlightening experience it is to visit the exhibits, enhanced by the wonderful volunteers who tell you their life stories.
But this is about the gift shop. There are wonderful, unique treats here. Japanese flashcards to help young learners. One of a kind jewelry pieces, tea sets, tee shirts, and tea blends from Chado Tearoom next door. The most valuable part to me is the selection of books, music and videos. Buy the Manzanar video, then donate it to your local school or library. Read a book out loud to a grandchild. Learn more about Japanese American history from first person accounts.

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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.

2  Thank Professorhosokawa
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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

Thank tamoshanter1106
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