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Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles

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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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  • There is only ONE japanese Museum in LA and this is it; they have an ongoing exhibit of everything associated with the Japanese interment which is a horrid thing for the US to have done: but they have...  read more »
  • This was one cool place to visit. I love learning about other cultures and so fourth. so it was cool to get to see this place 
  • A beautiful museum in Downtown Los Angeles. It tells the story of Japanese Americans in the U.S. If you aren't Asian, or not from the west coast, you might not be aware of what this group had to go th...  read more »
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Rich in Japanese culture. A fabulous history lesson. Best docent James!
  • Great museum, they do tons of fun events there and the exhibits are equally entertaining.
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