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Manzanar National Historic Site

5001 Hwy. 395, Independence, CA 93526
+1 760-878-2194
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Important heritage site

Happened upon the place on a road trip and stopped by. An interesting site explaining a difficult... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Kristian H
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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Not to be missed - important history lesson in these polarized times

The Manzanar Historic Site does a powerful job in telling the story of tens of thousands of... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
bobolan92
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Orlando, Florida
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Manzanar NHS tells the stories of 120,000 Japanese Americans excluded from the West Coast and confined during WWII. Manzanar was the first of ten camps and held 11,070 people, 2/3 of them American citizens. Today, visitors explore the site by walking or driving to see foundations, trees, rock gardens, and stone alignments. Extensive exhibits feature historic photos, film footage and audio programs, a scale model, a children’s exhibit, and special programs. Open daily. Free admission.
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5001 Hwy. 395, Independence, CA 93526
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Happened upon the place on a road trip and stopped by. An interesting site explaining a difficult episode in American history. Not really a place for my youngest - but the 9-year old found interesting and it could be used it as an opportunity to...More

Thank Kristian H
Reviewed 6 days ago

The Manzanar Historic Site does a powerful job in telling the story of tens of thousands of Japanese Americans who were interned without cause during WWII. We need to learn from this and not repeat this horrible part of American history.

Thank bobolan92
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have driven past Manzanar many times and never stopped. This trip I took the time to stop and see what it had to offer. They have done a fantastic job of showing the history of this internment camp for the Japonese during World War...More

Thank 707clayg
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My family and I visited Manzanar National Historic Site and would recommend that everyone else visit, too. There is a museum, a theater, and an outdoor exhibit. The museum has a large wall listing the names of all of the people who were impacted by...More

Thank JJ D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I found this place by surprise while traveling on Hwy 395, I was very glad I decided to stop. This desolate place became a prison-like home to 10,000 Americans who did nothing wrong except have Japanese heritage. So sad and still so relevant. This site...More

Thank sp4301
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Just off of Hwy. 395 Manzanar is very isolated with mountains to the west, desert to the east, and a whole lot of nothing in every other direction. While it's a beautiful landscape to enjoy on a vacation, it's very sad to think of what...More

Thank marros1960
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Terribly moving, on site explanation of the Japanese internment in the western U.S. after Pearl Harbor. The museum haS authentic memorabilia of the period, even to the barracks, furnishings and filmed history from those who, in many cases, lost everything. This was a tragedy that...More

Thank DocSag
Reviewed 10 September 2017

This is a kind of historical places everyone should see to make sure it will never happen again. Very informative and free to visit.

Thank heckfy
Reviewed 18 August 2017

I have visited twice. It is hard to grasp what these Americans went through, pulled from their homes, farms, businesses because of their ancestry. One recent poster tried to establish a false eqivenilcy by stating they were fed and had beautiful mountain scenery while other...More

Thank nsgw
Reviewed 17 August 2017

In a beautiful setting, this tragic episode in our history took place. Manzanar is a tribute to the internment of Japanese Americans during world war two. The displays are informative and well designed. The movie they show in the visitor center is a must do....More

Thank CTBCalifornia
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