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Japanese American National Museum

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Address: 369 E 1st St, Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, CA 90012-3901
Phone Number:
+1 213-625-0414
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Tue - Wed 11:00 - 17:00
Thu 12:00 - 20:00
Fri - Sun 11:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes

Museum dedicated to the history and culture of Japanese-Americans.

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Always fond of Japanese culture and food I came to this museum for a visit after having lunch in Little tokyo ... The museum was not what I was expecting, with Japanese customs in... read more

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Livorno, Italy
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

Always fond of Japanese culture and food I came to this museum for a visit after having lunch in Little tokyo ... The museum was not what I was expecting, with Japanese customs in America or something like that, but more a political memorial, very informative, but be informed about what you want to see ... you have to know... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

A lot of information on internment during the war. I was looking for more information on immigration patterns and cultural links between CA and Japan. Would have loved information on Japanese food in LA. Really good exhibition on George Takei. Free on Thursdays. Loved little Tokyo.

Thank spiceylulu
Redondo Beach, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Our docent led tour illustrated the internment of Japanese Americans in concentration camps during World War II through hundreds of photographs, mementos and an actual relocated barrack. For many, this event was only glossed over in school, and students today are far removed from this. This permanent display was well done and very educational. The other exhibit was George Takei... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is an excellent and sobering exhibition - a timely reminder of the price a community pays for widespread and unfair discrimination. It was excellent - I only had an hour, but could easily have spent twice that. Everyone should visit!

Thank Rowena S
Playa Vista, CA.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you happen to have the time and near the downtown please take a moment and see this place.It's an education to the contribution that the Asian community has added to our lovely city!

Thank Dar B
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The exhibits are well displayed with history of American Japanese contributions to America . Topics shed light into personal achievements and struggles that make up this great country of ours. The Japanese American Museum threads a culture rich in the heart of downtown LA.

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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is worth a hour or so visit if you plan to eat in Little Tokyo, but truthfully unmemorable. I spent $20 to see a Hello Kitty exhibit that was really not worth the price of admission.

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Portland, Maine
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The museum tells the story of Japanese immigration to California and understandably focuses most of the permanent exhibition to the Internment during World War II. Given the current political climate, this shameful chapter in US history is a story worth telling again and again. Also enjoyed the exhibit of George Takei (temporary exhibition). The museum is on the edge of... More 

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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was able to go to this museum one late afternoon. There were no crowds. This is great place to visit if you're a history buff and if you are interested in Japanese American History or any part of American History. I was very moved by the exhibition on the Japanese Internment during World War II. When I left that... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 10 March 2017

This wonderful small museum is the perfect follow-up to tea and cakes at nearby Chado Tea Room. Beautifully designed, excellent exhibits shines a light on Japanese life in America. Especially memorable is the exhibit on the CA internment camps suffered by our Japanese-American citizens during WWII. I also had the pleasure of being at the Japanese American Museum for a... More 

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