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Manzanar National Historic Site

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Address: 5001 Hwy. 395, Independence, CA 93526
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Manzanar NHS tells the stories of 120,000 Japanese Americans excluded from...

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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It is a pleasure and a duty to visit

Set aside an hour or more to visit. At the very least stop into the Visitor Center to explore this sad chapter in our Nation's history. It will be quite hot outside in the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
Kennewick, Washington
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Kennewick, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Set aside an hour or more to visit. At the very least stop into the Visitor Center to explore this sad chapter in our Nation's history. It will be quite hot outside in the summer and quite cold in the dead of winter, so plan accordingly if you wish to walk around the grounds...which I would encourage you to do.... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited in the middle of August and it was still a spectacular visit even though it was hotter than heck. The video, the artifacts, the remaining buildings - all very well done and very educational. I knew little about the internment camp before we visited. I am so happy we visited and recommend everyone driving through the area stop... More 

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Phelan, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We watched the movie and then toured the site. I was touched by the resilience of the people living in this internment facility. We concluded with a drive around the property, getting out occasionally to view the various gardens and cemetery. Go see this place. It was touching to hear the personal stories.

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Grapeview, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The visitor center does a good job of presenting the internment of the Japanese here during World War 2, from differing points of view. It is a sad part of our history that is good to be reminded of as we face challenges in our country today.

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Big Pine, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A wonderful and touching history chapter! Well curated and organized artifacts. If you are passing through, do not miss this gem!

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had only heard about the Japanese internment camps the previous year whilst in Wyoming and George Takei was visiting one there that he had been in as a child. So I was determined to see what it was all about. This site and its story have been presented so well. It is so sad and moving but its not... More 

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Granada Hills
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

For many years, I had driven right pass this place on my way to and from Mammoth Mountain from the San Fernando Valley. I eventually decided to stop by one day and explore around. Boy was I surprised by the amount of history I learned that day (and that amount I didn't know!). Manzanar is represents a very sad part... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

The visitor centre is an excellent introduction to the history that led to Internment of Japanese Americans. The reconstruction is underway. The building we entered together with the recorded accounts of those who experienced the camp and survived was also well done. Nothing can help us to feel what the 10,000 who lived there experienced but this site goes a... More 

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Irvine, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

In today's political climate, it is important to remember what can happen when politics is overshadowed by fear and racism. The museum and surrounding grounds stand as a stark reminder of what we haven't done right in the past and what we should do better at, now and in the future!

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Barstow, California, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2017

The Visitor Center and the outdoor sites help you to paint a picture of a sad story in American history. It points out where the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II. It is well worth seeing the Historical Site.

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