Japanese American National Museum

Japanese American National Museum

Japanese American National Museum
4.5
Speciality MuseumsHistory Museums
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The mission of the Japanese American National Museum is to promote understanding and appreciation of America’s ethnic and cultural diversity by sharing the Japanese American experience. As the national repository of Japanese American history, JANM creates groundbreaking historical and arts exhibitions, educational public programs, award-winning documentaries, and innovative curriculum that illuminate the stories and the rich cultural heritage of people of Japanese ancestry in the United States. JANM also speaks out when diversity, individual dignity and social justice are undermined, vigilantly sharing the hard-fought lessons accrued from this history. Its underlying purpose is to transform lives, create a more just America and, ultimately, a better world.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Neighbourhood: Downtown
Downtown Los Angeles is a busy metropolis of towering buildings, bustling streets, and industrial warehouses. There is a distinct multiplicity of cultures here with a growing influx of business professionals and hipsters. Many call the evolution of Downtown over recent years gentrification. New lofts, bars, hotels and restaurants are popping up regularly. Downtown is home to some of the very best restaurants in the city leading the LA foodie scene, plus it is the location of cultural and sports venues including the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Staples Center, and the Coliseum at the University of Southern California.
How to get there
  • Little Tokyo/Arts District • 2 min walk
  • Union Station • 10 min walk
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  • Lori S
    103 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What a great history lesson! You must go and experience
    I knew a little about the WWII internment camps for Japanese Americans but now I know so much more. The docent volunteering that day (I think his name was Marvin) was very engaging and knowledgeable. Well worth the admission price, and you can also go on the one free day a month.
    Visited January 2023
    Written March 2, 2023
  • Debbie
    San Francisco, California22 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A worthwhile visit
    This is a small beautiful museum located in Little Tokyo. We were there during their wonderful Kokoro craft festival so admission was free. Their volunteers were very friendly, and we found the historical exhibits of this museum to be highly educational. The extensive exhibit about the unjust internment of Japanese Americans during World War II was very sobering and poignant.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written October 22, 2023
  • phvi2617
    Anaheim, California553 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Small, but interesting museum
    This is a small, but well curated museum focusing mostly on Japanese immigration to the US and Japanese-American internment during World War II. Even though the exhibits are limited, they're interesting and worth a visit. It's located right across the street from the new Little Tokyo Metro Station.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written December 2, 2023
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David H
Leeds, UK110 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Anyone interested in our shared humanity should visit this museum. We visited on a Thursday at 5pm, when entry is free…and wow we were bowled over by the history of Americans of Japanese descent. The story of internment was so powerful and the temporary exhibition‘Aki’s Market’ just brilliant. We visited and left with an understanding of the trans generational trauma of incarceration and displacement. THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT PLACE. Thank you to all the staff who were so welcoming and informative…visit, it is great…we are supper in Little Tokyo afterwards!
Written February 1, 2024
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phvi2617
Anaheim, CA553 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
This is a small, but well curated museum focusing mostly on Japanese immigration to the US and Japanese-American internment during World War II. Even though the exhibits are limited, they're interesting and worth a visit. It's located right across the street from the new Little Tokyo Metro Station.
Written December 2, 2023
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Debbie
San Francisco, CA22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
This is a small beautiful museum located in Little Tokyo. We were there during their wonderful Kokoro craft festival so admission was free. Their volunteers were very friendly, and we found the historical exhibits of this museum to be highly educational. The extensive exhibit about the unjust internment of Japanese Americans during World War II was very sobering and poignant.
Written October 22, 2023
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O2046HElindaw
Tempe, AZ193 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
I recommend this museum. Everyone needs to know this history of our country a s it's people. Watch the Glenn Akira Kaino video and check out the exhibit of his grandfather's. Such a rich history
Written September 20, 2023
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Susan T
Mount Pleasant, WI499 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
I haven't been there in eons so we decided to spend an afternoon there. The exhibits were well done. A nice size museum with a neat little gift shop with lots of interesting items.
Written September 11, 2023
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loisl610
Collegeville, PA275 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
This museum is an important institution to learn about the unjust internment of the Japanese Americans during World War II. It is poignant and sad to see the exhibits of life in the "camps" for the Japanese Americans who were rounded up and had to endure several years incarcerated in these "camps."
Plan to spend at least 2 hours or more to thoroughly learn about real US history.
Written May 3, 2023
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Lori S
103 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
I knew a little about the WWII internment camps for Japanese Americans but now I know so much more. The docent volunteering that day (I think his name was Marvin) was very engaging and knowledgeable. Well worth the admission price, and you can also go on the one free day a month.
Written March 2, 2023
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SMOgal
Santa Monica, CA306 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
The WWII exhibit highlights how Japanese American families were suddenly relocated to internment camps. Descriptive panels and models of Manzanar were moving. It was worthwhile to read the timeline showing Japanese immigration to the US along with important contributions to society. This was an interesting learning experience.
Written February 7, 2023
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caltravelgal
Covina, CA400 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
Very well curated, often has special exhibits for most of a year, organized and professional, helpful staff/docents, great gift shop.
You can learn a lot here and all the folks there were friendly. It is across the street from a plaza with shopping and restaurants for when you are done.
There are two levels at this museum, and you should plan to be there for at least an hour.
Written November 12, 2022
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Seungjun Lee
3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Solo
Staffs were kind, and museum shows brief history of how Japanese American settlement lived through.

For me it took me about 1 hour and 30 minutes to tour the museum
Written June 13, 2022
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