Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles

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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. Plan to visit Japanese American National Museum and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Los Angeles attractions using our Los Angeles trip planner .
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  • that there were Japanese internment camps all over the US or that Japanese migrated to other regions, such as Mexico or Peru, or that Japanese Americans even fought in WWII for the US. Really interest...  more »
  • Whenever I am in LA, I always try to fit in a stop at this very beautiful and very important museum. For some background, my father was sent to an internment camp during World War 2. His only crime wa...  more »
  • The main part of this museum deals with the relocation during WWII of thousands of AMERICAN CITIZENS to internment concentration camps in the United States because they were of Japanese descent. You w...  more »
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  • One of the most moving museums I’ve ever visited. Looking at the remains of lives torn apart with no justification beyond pure racism and standing in the shell of barracks where many families were cramped together was painful but worth the experience. We need to be reminded regularly that such atrocities are not ancient history, that we need to stand up for one another to ensure that this kind of abuse never happens again. (On a lighter note, they also have interesting temporary exhibits and lots of cute products in their gift shop.)
  • Very interesting. Loved the Transpacific Borderlands exhibit. It was eye-opening to learn about the different experiences of the Japanese diaspora in North, Central, and South America, and how those experiences shaped artists and their art differently.
  • The was the embarkation point for the Great Walk LA 2017. Little Tokyo. Just down the street is the Memorial to the Japanese Americans "Go for Broke" 442 Battalion. This spot was also the embarkation point for resettlement of Japanese Americans into the internment camps during World War II.
  • Lots of excellent information. Though I believe it would benefit from an expansion. Go on a Saturday for some excellent tour guides with real world experience.
  • Really great history for the internment camp. Got some great photos of the camp where my grandparents were taken too.
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