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Heart Mountain Interpretive Center

1539 Road 19, Powell, WY 82435-8723
+1 307-754-8000
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Must see if you are in Cody Wyo

This this is the site of World War 2 relocation camp for Japanese Americans. It was really a... read more

Reviewed 20 October 2017
vernon h
Henderson, Nevada
An Eye-Opening Experience!

This facility is an informative exhibit of the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II... read more

Reviewed 17 October 2017
Honolulu, Hawaii
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The Heart Mountain Interpretive Center is located at the site of a former World War II Japanese American Relocation Camp. Shortly after the bombing of Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, Japanese Americans on the West Coast were rounded up and confined in 10 camps around the country. One of these was located at Heart Mountain, and approximately 14,000 Japanese Americans were wrongly incarcerated here. The camp today features a museum, gallery, walking tour, original Relocation Camp structures and a World War II Memorial. The museum features interactive exhibits for visitors of all ages showing how Japanese Americans coped with unjust confinement and how the story of Japanese American imprisonment affects our lives today. A 14-minute introductory film plays several times each hour.
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1539 Road 19, Powell, WY 82435-8723
+1 307-754-8000
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Reviewed 20 October 2017

This this is the site of World War 2 relocation camp for Japanese Americans. It was really a concentration camp. The displays are fascinating and very informative about the period in our history, FDR was one of our greatest presidents but his biggest mistake by...More

Thank vernon h
Reviewed 17 October 2017

This facility is an informative exhibit of the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II in the Bighorn Basin near Heart Mountain, Wyoming. The museum contains photographs, art, and a collection of personal stories reflecting the detainees' lives at the barracks. There's also an...More

Thank NateaBar
Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

I took my parents to Heart Mountain last week and it was the first time for all of us. It was a very humbling experience that I hope would never be repeated in this day and age. Exhibits follow a timeline that was very informative....More

Thank Boxkicker34 .
Reviewed 2 October 2017

One can easily spend a couple of hours in the center looking at the different displays and listening to the first-hand accounts of those who were at the detention center during the Second World War. It brings home the experiences of ordinary American citizens and...More

Thank bjlogan
Reviewed 26 September 2017

One of the many so-called "relocation centers" (actually prison camps) set up to illegally detain Japanese-American citizens at the height of World War 2 racial hysteria, Heart Mountain presents one of the most comprehensive accounts of this dark period available anywhere in the United States....More

Thank Kirk E
Reviewed 22 September 2017 via mobile

It is very important to visit this historical site. I cannot believe that over 10 thousand people lived on this relatively small piece of land. It is mind boggling that American citizens were imprisoned here. And yet prisoners created schools, hospitals, local governments, police, and...More

Thank John A
Reviewed 21 September 2017

I had never heard of Heart Mountain, THe Center is exceptional and the story of Heart Mountain is touched my heart, Imaging these people who had to endure life here was sad, But I would not have missed this for anything, The best side trip...More

1  Thank Sallie M
Reviewed 14 September 2017

Built on the original site of the relocation camp and displaying many of the original artifacts, it is a must see center.

Thank Sharon S
Reviewed 14 September 2017

Once i heard the interpretive center was there, had to go back. Visited the camp 19 yrs ago and it was good to see the improvements in that time compared to other camps. The interpretive center is class! Built to replicate the barracks(there are 3...More

Thank blk213
Reviewed 10 September 2017

Heart Mountain documents the experience of Japanese Americans who were ripped from their homes and communities and imprisoned in Wyoming. The exhibits and collection guides are very well done, making it accessible for visitors of all ages and levels of awareness. This is a museum...More

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25 February 2017|
Response from Dakota R | Property representative |
The closest airport to the center (13 miles) is the Yellowstone Regional Airport in Cody, Wyoming. You can usually find a flight here with just a short layover in Denver or Salt Lake City. The East Gate to Yellowstone... More
22 February 2017|
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Response from Dakota R | Property representative |
We recommend giving yourself at least 90 minutes to visit the museum and grounds, but many guests stay for 2 hours or more. We look forward to your visit!