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Japanese American National Museum

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Address: 369 East First Street, Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, CA 90012
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+1 213-625-0414
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12:00 - 20:00
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Tue - Wed 11:00 - 17:00
Thu 12:00 - 20:00
Fri - Sun 11:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
Description:

Museum dedicated to the history and culture of Japanese-Americans.

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Smallish museum, but worth the visit

This museum is worth an hour or two of your time. Located in the heart of Japantown, it is near shopping and lots of great food. The exhibits when I visited last week included... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Michelle L
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6 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This museum is worth an hour or two of your time. Located in the heart of Japantown, it is near shopping and lots of great food. The exhibits when I visited last week included two on the internment: One about the Executive Order and its impact on Japanese Americans, and one about an internment camp in the LA area. The... More 

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Thank Michelle L
Gardena, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I've been to this place a couple of times with students as a field trip and after that I've taken my own family to visit the Museum. Everyone there is friendly and they go out of their way to make you feel Welcome!

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Thank lgualotu
Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Many great exhibits but the best was the actual internment camp "house" on the 2nd floor along with resident interviews. You can visit the museum and still have time to visit Japanese town in a single day!

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Thank LHCross
Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A large educational display about Japanese arriving to the U.S., their struggles, their culture, internment camps--a lot to learn.

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Oakland, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This may be the only museum of this kind in the US and thus merits a visit. Well staffed by energetic volunteers. Pretty design. Unique historic exhibits. Pretty tea house next door.

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Santa Monica, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautifully designed, clean building with friendly staff but I felt I could see it all in less than an hour. Some of the displays were interesting but most of it focused on the labor camps.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Keep history alive - we have so much to learn from our past! Excellent exhibits on several floors, great layout and easy to find. The lobby also has a good gift shop. If you can have a guided tour that's even better.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum tells one of the least-known stories in America, the plight and contributions of Japanese-Americans. Exhibits are wonderful, neither a downer nor propaganda, but often very touching and wonderful and always informative. Must see!

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Took my kids here to let them see the mistake our country can easily make when it comes to discrimination.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Love taking my 7th/8th grade class here during our WWII units. We visit while in LA after we have visited Manzanar. Great museum to really get to see some artifacts and pictures from the time.

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