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Japanese American Resource Center/Museum

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Learned alot of San Jose Japanese American history!

Upon arriving and paying my entrance fee, the cashier asked me if I wanted a guided tour or not. I... read more

Reviewed July 14, 2018
Marta E
El Paso, Texas
Japanese American Museum San Jose

We attended a presentation at JAMsj in the upstairs community meeting room which holds about 50... read more

Reviewed July 9, 2018
Gene K
San Jose, California, Usa
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The Japanese American Museum of San Jose's (JAMsj)mission is to collect, preserve, and share Japanese American art, history, and culture with an emphasis on the Greater Bay Area.
535 N 5th St, San Jose, CA 95112-3233
+1 408-294-3138
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Reviewed July 14, 2018

Upon arriving and paying my entrance fee, the cashier asked me if I wanted a guided tour or not. I chose to get a guided tour and our young guide, John, knew alot about the history of this museum. He started by showing us a...More

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Reviewed July 9, 2018 via mobile

We attended a presentation at JAMsj in the upstairs community meeting room which holds about 50 people. It has an audio video setup and is good for small presentations. After the meeting, we visited the museum which has numerous exhibits depicting the life of many...More

Thank Gene K
Reviewed April 1, 2018

This museum, in the heart of Japan Town in San Jose, contains information about the 150 year history of people of Japanese descent in this part of California, with particular emphasis on the interment of Japanese Americans during WWII. A small fee is charged, but...More

1  Thank Jamieky2
Reviewed December 8, 2017

Such a lovely-- and lovingly curated-- series of exhibits. The museum is not large, but very detailed and carefully laid out. The exhibits that show how Japanese Americans were unjustly imprisoned during WWII were designed by one of the former internees. Several survivors and some...More

Thank imho828
Reviewed July 10, 2017

A wonderful presentation of the history of the Japanese in the San Jose area. From their first arrival in America to the present. Picture brides, farming, internment camps and their return to San Jose are all covered. Pictures and narratives are outstanding. Wonderful display and...More

Thank ron m
Reviewed March 13, 2017

We went through the museum devoted to early Japanese land owners and the war years. Especially the Second World War relation of the Japanese from the Bay Area.

Thank Diane H
Reviewed January 6, 2017 via mobile

We learned a lot about the life of the Japanese immigrants/ citizens in the USA during WW2. This is interesting because the volunteers who got it established and filled with display items are still around to tell the stories. It certainly is a testament to...More

Thank Anne C
Reviewed October 6, 2016

I was disappointed by the museum. War is terrible for all, but the one sided story forgot so many of the critical facts. First, Japan attacked the United States in Hawaii. People were going about their daily lives when Japanese came out and attacked Pearl...More

3  Thank mini
Reviewed August 6, 2016

I visited here with my teen daughter. We both thoroughly enjoyed it. For such a small space they cover so much, and though we knew some of the history, we both learned a lot we didn't know. The personal accounts and internment camp replica brought...More

Thank dotfurio1
Reviewed April 20, 2016

This is a MUST VISIT if you are in San Jose Japan town. This was a truly eye-opening visit for me to learn all the facts, and the backbone of Japan town is like. This is a small place but allow >1 hour to look...More

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