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“Tells it Like it Was”

Heart Mountain Interpretive Center
Ranked #1 of 5 things to do in Powell
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed September 19, 2015

This was probably one of the saddest museums I have ever been to. This is so well done and moving that I found myself often near tears. Even though I am not quite old enough to have lived through this time, I have always been fascinated by WWII as many of my Aunts and Uncles and parents lived through and participated in it. The fact that some of the buildings remain give this whole place a very sacred feel to it. I can only begin to imagine what it must have been like for these families. The story is well told. It is a story that any age would be able to understand and appreciate this presentation of it. As it is literally right off the road it is very easy to get to and the fee small to go in. It is definitely worth stopping and seeing and if you are in Cody it is just a short drive out from town.

Thank beachbird123
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Reviewed September 5, 2015

Heart Mountain Interpretive Center is a great museum. We learned so much from the displays which were very well done. We enjoyed the photo exhibit which was also on display.

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Reviewed September 5, 2015 via mobile

Stopped here on the way to Cody, WY, as recommended by our B&B hostess, Bev, of Residence Hill in Sheridan. Very moving and well-done displays. Outdoor, self-guided tour is free.

Thank BeanQueenTn
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Reviewed September 5, 2015

Incredibly interesting aspect of Americn History. Presented in a manner to understand the time frame in which it occurred. Also excellent examples of the personal experiences of the Japanse Americn citizens. Helpful in understanding .

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Reviewed September 3, 2015

A must see for anyone interested in our country's history. The center provides the visitor a complete explanation of what happened to thousands of mostly American citizens of Japanese origin after the bombing of Pearl Harbor . Make this a stop if you are in the Cody, WY. area.

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