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Manzanar National Historic Site

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A 395 must stop

The museum is cool but the grounds and the cematary are worth a stop alone . It's shocking to... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
A Beautiful and Sad Reminder of What America Did

This should be a requirement when passing through Independence. The museum is a beautiful tribute... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Murrieta, California
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Manzanar NHS tells the stories of 120,000 Japanese Americans excluded from the West Coast and confined during WWII. Manzanar was the first of ten camps and held 11,070 people, 2/3 of them American citizens. Today, visitors explore the site by...more
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5001 Hwy. 395, Independence, CA 93526
+1 760-878-2194
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Reviewed 4 days ago

The museum is cool but the grounds and the cematary are worth a stop alone . It's shocking to believe mans intolerance of others and the fact that we haven't learned anything in 70 years .

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Pioneer736675
Reviewed 5 days ago

This should be a requirement when passing through Independence. The museum is a beautiful tribute to those who were forced to give up everything they worked hard for only to be bused off to the middle of nowhere. You can take a driving tour throughout...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Jraejen
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a serious place to visit- requires thoughtfulness and reflection. Not a grand moment in our country’s actions toward a group of its citizens. One must watch movie first at visitors center before visiting exhibits there. Finish with a drive thru entire property. Then...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank jfadds
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was our second stop here. It is an interesting (and very sad) chapter in our nations history and is something that I really recommend. The museum is in the old gym on the site. It has a good orientation movie an d very good...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank So_Cal_Illini_81
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Extremely informative Park Ranger. Exhibits explain the history of the Japanese internment during World War II. It is a somber place to visit. Reenactment of the bunkers are open for visitors.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Barbara R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Just about 10 minutes North of Lone Pine, CA and it was a nice stop for us. We did not have much time, but visited some of the buildings and the wonderful museum they had. Very cute gift shop and knowledgeable people working there. It...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank CalifSue
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

120,000,000 lives. Four years. 120,000,000 Americans. 120,000 Japanese Americans were told to bring only what they could carry, and were sent to live in prison camps for four years. The conditions they lived in lacked human dignity, safety and were often in places like Manzanar...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Nick A
Reviewed November 1, 2018 via mobile

You may not remember everything from high school (or maybe you do), but some things are worth remembering and this sad chapter of American History is worth remembering. Thousand of Japanese-Americans living on the West Coast were rounded up and sent to “internment camps” following...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Jack-Lyndi
Reviewed October 29, 2018

During World War II the United States government made the decision to create an exclusion zone on the West Coast that paved the way for the removal of the American citizens of Japanese descent and Japanese citizens living in the coastal states considered strategically important...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Richard R
Reviewed October 28, 2018

I spend several hours wandering around this site. It was quite a sobering experience. The visitor center is very well done and the staff was extremely knowledgeable.

Date of experience: October 2018
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