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Manzanar National Historic Site

5001 Hwy. 395, Independence, CA 93526
+1 760-878-2194
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A place all Americans should see

A visit to Manzanar is one you'll never forget. The horrific story of how American citizens were... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
roadtrip_ken_2017
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Oakland, California
Wave of Emotions

It is a place I heard about, but knew little of the history. So the first weekend in February I... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Don F
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LA
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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 walking or driving to see foundations, trees, rock gardens, and stone alignments. Extensive exhibits feature historic photos, film footage and audio programs, a scale model, a children’s exhibit, and special programs. Open daily. Free admission.
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5001 Hwy. 395, Independence, CA 93526
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A visit to Manzanar is one you'll never forget. The horrific story of how American citizens were rounded up and shipped off to become prisoners in their own country for no other reason than their ethnic background is something all Americans should learn. On a...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is a place I heard about, but knew little of the history. So the first weekend in February I drove out from LA to visit the site. It was haunting in a way to drive up and see a guard tower on the way...More

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Reviewed 12 January 2018 via mobile

The museum is well set up to remind us apart of US History and the mistake the US Government paid. I found the recreation of the daily life of the "camper" in the 1940s captured harsh living condition Take the driving tour of the camp...More

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Reviewed 3 January 2018

This Monument does its job very well in showing what this period of our history was like and what we did to Japanese Americans. How they lived and thought and felt.

1  Thank Rolf K
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Reviewed 30 December 2017

This haunting historical site is a reminder of the unimaginable and disrespectful way our country treated Japanese Americans and Japanese immigrants during World War II. The National Park Service has done an excellent job of recalling the stories of the over 10,000 people who had...More

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Reviewed 2 December 2017

The visitor's center was a very informative experience to relate a part of US history that was "appalling". Be sure to see the movie. It was very moving. It gave you the sense of what the Japanese endured. Make sure you take the time to...More

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Reviewed 19 November 2017

We stopped by, on our drive up US 395 on 11/14. This is one of many internment camps built by the War Relocation Authority in the early days of WWII to house Japanese and Japanese/Americans. This attraction is free. There are only a couple original...More

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Reviewed 7 November 2017

I hope anyone travelling through the area takes the time to visit this important part of our history, hoping not to repeat those mistakes. You can drive around the area in your own vehicle and visit the museum. Beautiful area with strong stories to tell.

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Reviewed 5 November 2017 via mobile

Before visiting Manzanar, I must admit, probably like most of us, I really didn't know that much about the interment camps. We stopped there on a Sunday morning while traveling. They have a short movie showing some of the events and atrocities leading up to...More

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Reviewed 24 October 2017

a poignant place...if you visit please see the short film they show in the visitor center..it shows one the history of the place and those who were interred here at one time..

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