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Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles
(4.5/5 based on 200+ reviews on the web)
View more than 130 years of Japanese American history at Japanese American National Museum, housing a huge photo and artifact collection. Browse a moving image archive, which shows home movies of Japanese Americans from the 1920s to the 1950s. Follow Japanese American lifestyles, from the Issei to immigration to the United States and World War II internment. Before you leave, have a little refreshment in the tea room. Make Japanese American National Museum a centerpiece of your Los Angeles vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Los Angeles itinerary planner.
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  • Every year that I teach WWII to World History 10th graders, I bring my students to the Japanese American National Museum; this means I've been coming here for over 10 years. Each year, I learn somethi...  more »
  • This museum is not huge, but it is wonderful. Expect to spend about 2 hours. Parking is convenient and the admission is fair. It is all about Japanese American's and it is so very interesting. Have fu...  more »
  • We spent 2-3 hours going through this museum. Very moving. There was a lovely docent(Mr Tanaka, I think) Who spent at least an hour telling us about his experiences at a sugar beet farm. The best part...  more »
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  • Really interesting exhibits here, including an origami one on the 2nd floor. They also have one that is all about the Japanese internment camps & the struggle they have endured to be able to rise in America. The day I was there with a friend of mine, they had a special exhibit on the first floor about the fairly recent "Kubo" movie. It was really fascinating & interesting to hear about the 3D modeling process & see the different sets & some of the physical characters they used.
  • There's plenty of visual information - photos, prints, everyday objects, but if you can, take a guided tour - a Japanese-American guide, seems like a nissei himself will tell you so many real life stories and details! Getting interested, read Julie Otsuka 'The Buddha in the Attic'
  • This is a fantastic place, my only regret is that I wish there were more of it! There are three main galleries that are each chock full of interesting exhibits, history, and modern-day information. Definitely worth a visit.
  • A great place for those who are not intimately familiar with the story of Japanese immigration into the United States. It also delves into Japanese-American concentration camps in US soil. In addition to these two permanent exhibits they tend to have one or two more roving exhibits. When I was there there were about to open one for origami art.
  • This review is mostly in regards to their Hello Kitty Panel Discussion where 4 university professors came and analyzed the icon that is Hello Kitty. Their interpretations were very interesting as they stated that Hello Kitty doesn't have a mouth and is oppressed. Sometimes Hello Kitty is featured in different things, but usually that of stereotypical "women" roles. The branding of Hello Kitty has really taken off now the popular icon reaches people age 4 to 64! Yes, I'm guilty of also being a Hello Kitty fan. Anyway, the workshop was very interesting and engaging as the professors presented their viewpoints, then answered questions. I will be visiting the Hello Kitty exhibit before it ends, but I've been to JANM other times for other specialties. Each time has been a great experience with topics ranging from the Japanese Internment Camp to Japanese Tea Ceremonies. The flow of each exhibit has always been wonderful, engaging, and fun.