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Manzanar National Historic Site

5001 Hwy. 395, Independence, CA 93526
+1 760-878-2194
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This is between Big and Lone Pine near Independence

Manzanar Reward Rd, California NPS The National Park Service deserves a great 'Thank you' for... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Bill M
Insightful historical site

This is an incredible (and unfortunately sad) part of American history and something we should not... read more

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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
+1 760-878-2194
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Reviewed yesterday

Manzanar Reward Rd, California NPS The National Park Service deserves a great 'Thank you' for this site; it is probably the best preserved and illustrated site of its kind in the U.S.A. The site has several buildings that have displays and some copies of the...More

Thank Bill M
Reviewed yesterday

This is an incredible (and unfortunately sad) part of American history and something we should not ever forgot. It speaks volumes about why we need to study our history and learn from it. Very tastefully and respectfully done. I strongly recommend visiting this site.

Thank KipDylan
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

As a measure of how our liberties can be taken away, this and/or similar sites should be visited. After the attack on Pearl Harbor in Dec. 1941, approximately 120,000 persons of Japanese descent, many being American citizens, were interned in camps like this.

Thank David G
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great historic site and a must see if traveling in the area. Visitor center was very informative and the outside housing displays were very good. Like being able to drive around the site and see where other buildings were. Well done!

1  Thank cathycW6428GT
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had dog in car so didn't do the museum, but the car tour and housing displays were good. Much larger than I realized and at one time a self-contained compound the size of a small town. The housing exhibit contained much material illustrating life...More

1  Thank David F
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As a non American, I had not heard of this site but it was an interesting stop to learn about the treatment of Japanese Americans during WW2. Sites like this help us prevent repeating previous errors of judgement.

1  Thank teamflames
Reviewed 11 May 2017

We arrived late in the afternoon thinking we still had a couple hours based on their advertised hours however they told us they were closing an hour early due to budget constraints so we had less than an hour to go through. The exhibits are...More

Thank fungramma51
Reviewed 5 May 2017

I have been wanting to visit here for many years. It lives up to its billing as the best preserved of the ten relocation camps. I enjoyed all of the exhibits, and the re created barracks, and school room. My Aunt was here, when she...More

1  Thank golfkat
Reviewed 2 May 2017 via mobile

.. especially those who take our democracy for granted. American citizens of Japanese descent were stripped of their constitutional rights and imprisoned in concentration camps between 1943 and 1945, simply because of their ancestry. Manzanar was one of the 10 prisons. The sight and museum...More

1  Thank Sarah M
Reviewed 29 April 2017

I visited Manzanar National Historic Site and had the pleasure of meeting up with Kammi Foote, a member of The Friends of Manzanar and Bernadette Johnson the Superintendent of Manzanar on behalf of the National Park Service. On this visit, the site was preparing for...More

1  Thank N4595KRricharde
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