It was a wonderful National Park. Some of my family was interned at the camp... It was sad to read the stories. I
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Mom and I found this site by accident. We stopped and spent about 4 hours there. There is a museum, book store, barracks, mess hall and driving tour. It was a most emotional stop. Be sure to see the 22 minute film. The ranger is most knowledgeable, having seen most of the dvds sold and read most of the books. The driving tour takes a while and many stops are available. The wind never stops and I wondered how people there during world war II survived. This national park is a real eye opener. I wish I could convey in mere words the effect this place had on myself and my Mom. Easy to find, hard to leave.
It seems like everyone is in such a hurry to get between Southern California and Mammoth Lakes. It doesn't hurt to stop by here to, if anything, use the bathroom or stretch your legs. Then, you can learn a little bit about history, and, if you're lucky, about yourself.
Up until 2004, there wasn't much at the site. Still, it was worth the stop. Now that the NPS built the interpretive center, it's a must see.
This is a very well done museum, and I'll add that given the content/history of Manzanar I give the museum curator and staff great kudos for presenting the history without an agenda. It's a great learning experience for people of any age. Very much worth a visit.
A museum and film telling of the internment of Japanese Americans as a response to the attack on Pearl Harbour. Thought provoking and moving, a must see.