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Japanese American National Museum

369 E 1st St, Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, CA 90012-3901
+1 213-625-0414
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Museum dedicated to the history and culture of Japanese-Americans.
  • Excellent58%
  • Very good36%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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Hours Today: 11:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
369 E 1st St, Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, CA 90012-3901
+1 213-625-0414
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Reviewed yesterday

I was taken here by friends, one of whom is Japanese American. She has been a volunteer at the Museum for many years, and her personal commentary added a great deal to my understanding of the history of the Japanese community in the United States....More

Thank Chloesfriend
Reviewed 4 days ago

The George Takai exhibit was so interesting. The internment barrack that had been relocated to this museum, gave me chills as I walked through it.

Thank Deb S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Easily accessible small museum with Interesting exhibits. Public parking across First Street. Delicious restaurants and shops nearby.

Thank BestSons1969
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

First visit. Went specifically for the exhibit where Mr. Takei and his Husband shared their personal and Star Trek memorabilia. Very nice! Remainder of exhibits interesting as well. Check the calendar of events online. They have different things going on all the time. We could...More

Thank Marilyn W
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Downtown Los Angeles has this gem for you to visit. Besides there are wonderful Japanese restaurants and shops. Stop to consider West Coast history and soon you will be studying the Japanese in California.

Thank Local1943
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

A special and important place for Los Angelenos and all visitors, giving you a moving and powerful experience of the Japanese experience here.

Thank Miriyam
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The JANM is in the Little Tokyo section of downtown LA. The permanent exhibits focus on the story of the Japanese Internment during WWII. The exhibits are interactive and have aspects for different age levels. There are special exhibits, such as a "Hello, Kitty" exhibit...More

Thank anacarolina
Reviewed 22 May 2017

Took the metro to the museum with a group of friends. I hadn't even heard of it and was very surprised at this find. It isn't so large that it takes up a whole day, but is very informative and there were people to talk...More

Thank bugsbysmom
Reviewed 22 May 2017

Came here with my son's class for a field trip. The docents were so wonderful; informative, entertaining, friendly and worked well with the children's questions. Exhibits were nicely done - honest yet appropriate for all ages. The area is great with quaint shops and restaurants....More

Thank The3Sheps
Reviewed 18 May 2017 via mobile

This museum is a hidden gem. It tell the story of the Japanese in America, going back to their early days in Hawaii to their settlement on the west coast of the United States. The forceable removal during World War II is well documented, as...More

Thank robertwD7057IG
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warehouses. There is a distinct multiplicity of
cultures here with a growing influx of business
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