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Japanese American Resource Center/Museum

535 N 5th St, San Jose, CA 95112-3233
+1 408-294-3138
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Small jewel!

Such a lovely-- and lovingly curated-- series of exhibits. The museum is not large, but very... read more

Reviewed 8 December 2017
Washington, DC
A must see in Japantown!

A wonderful presentation of the history of the Japanese in the San Jose area. From their first... read more

Reviewed 10 July 2017
ron m
Torrance, California
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The Japanese American Museum of San Jose's (JAMsj)mission is to collect, preserve, and share Japanese American art, history, and culture with an emphasis on the Greater Bay Area.
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“japan town” (7 reviews)
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535 N 5th St, San Jose, CA 95112-3233
535 N 5th St, San Jose, CA 95112-3233
+1 408-294-3138
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Reviewed 8 December 2017

Such a lovely-- and lovingly curated-- series of exhibits. The museum is not large, but very detailed and carefully laid out. The exhibits that show how Japanese Americans were unjustly imprisoned during WWII were designed by one of the former internees. Several survivors and some...More

Thank imho828
Reviewed 10 July 2017

A wonderful presentation of the history of the Japanese in the San Jose area. From their first arrival in America to the present. Picture brides, farming, internment camps and their return to San Jose are all covered. Pictures and narratives are outstanding. Wonderful display and...More

Thank ron m
Reviewed 13 March 2017

We went through the museum devoted to early Japanese land owners and the war years. Especially the Second World War relation of the Japanese from the Bay Area.

Thank Diane H
Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

We learned a lot about the life of the Japanese immigrants/ citizens in the USA during WW2. This is interesting because the volunteers who got it established and filled with display items are still around to tell the stories. It certainly is a testament to...More

Thank Anne C
Reviewed 6 October 2016

I was disappointed by the museum. War is terrible for all, but the one sided story forgot so many of the critical facts. First, Japan attacked the United States in Hawaii. People were going about their daily lives when Japanese came out and attacked Pearl...More

3  Thank mini
Reviewed 6 August 2016

I visited here with my teen daughter. We both thoroughly enjoyed it. For such a small space they cover so much, and though we knew some of the history, we both learned a lot we didn't know. The personal accounts and internment camp replica brought...More

Thank dotfurio1
Reviewed 20 April 2016

This is a MUST VISIT if you are in San Jose Japan town. This was a truly eye-opening visit for me to learn all the facts, and the backbone of Japan town is like. This is a small place but allow >1 hour to look...More

Thank almyy
Reviewed 15 December 2015

Located in San Jose's Japantown, near Downtown, the Japanese American Resource Center highlights the significant contributions of Japanese Americans to our national history. It also documents the treatment of those Americans during WWII and that can be hard to confront, but it is a part...More

1  Thank Glen C
Reviewed 28 November 2015

We stopped here with a couple of hours to spend in town. What a little gem this was. So glad I read the reviews and chose to spend our couple of hours here. We had a wonderful docent, Shirley, age 82, who was in the...More

Thank CAMusicMom
Reviewed 9 September 2015

Anyone intestested in the internment of the Japanese in America during World War 2 would be interested in seeing this museum. It has lots of information and pictures from that era. Japan Town in San Jose is a hidden treasure with lots of history. As...More

Thank Estelle K
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