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

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George Takei Exhibit (Sulu, from Star Trek...Really Good!

First visit. Went specifically for the exhibit where Mr. Takei and his Husband shared their personal and Star Trek memorabilia. Very nice! Remainder of exhibits interesting as... read more

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Marilyn W
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Simi Valley, California
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Simi Valley, California
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50 reviews
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

First visit. Went specifically for the exhibit where Mr. Takei and his Husband shared their personal and Star Trek memorabilia. Very nice! Remainder of exhibits interesting as well. Check the calendar of events online. They have different things going on all the time. We could have stayed (at no extra charge) for an actors staged reading of a script, but... More 

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Victoria, Canada
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35 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Downtown Los Angeles has this gem for you to visit. Besides there are wonderful Japanese restaurants and shops. Stop to consider West Coast history and soon you will be studying the Japanese in California.

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Thank Local1943
Los Angeles, California
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27 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A special and important place for Los Angelenos and all visitors, giving you a moving and powerful experience of the Japanese experience here.

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Thank Miriyam
Los Angeles, California
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9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The JANM is in the Little Tokyo section of downtown LA. The permanent exhibits focus on the story of the Japanese Internment during WWII. The exhibits are interactive and have aspects for different age levels. There are special exhibits, such as a "Hello, Kitty" exhibit which sometimes require an extra admission. There are many performances an special events throughout the... More 

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Thank anacarolina
Los Angeles, California
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7 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Took the metro to the museum with a group of friends. I hadn't even heard of it and was very surprised at this find. It isn't so large that it takes up a whole day, but is very informative and there were people to talk to who were helpful. You can make a print using leaves to keep.

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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Came here with my son's class for a field trip. The docents were so wonderful; informative, entertaining, friendly and worked well with the children's questions. Exhibits were nicely done - honest yet appropriate for all ages. The area is great with quaint shops and restaurants. A reminder of what we did to our fellow AMERICANS.

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Thank The3Sheps
Toronto
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This museum is a hidden gem. It tell the story of the Japanese in America, going back to their early days in Hawaii to their settlement on the west coast of the United States. The forceable removal during World War II is well documented, as are the efforts at redress. Currently there is a special exhibit on the life and... More 

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Los Angeles, California
2 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is athe best place to go and visit. Not much to say than "You have to see it for yourself" There is something for everyone in there. Also recommended the Terrace area where you can have a nice tea or coffee and eat some cookies and all.

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Thank Clement H
Los Angeles
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We hadn't been in years, but this Spring Break we took the Metro Rail and visited. We were most interested in seeing the Japanes Internment Camps exhibit and it did not disappoint. The building is very attractive. We checked out everything in the gift shop, and then we walked across to Japanes Village, which is full of cute shops and... More 

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Arlington, VA
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I enjoyed my short visit to the JANM, mostly to see the new George Takei exhibit (his personal collection of memorabilia). The overall theme, however, focused on the internment of Japanese during WWII and their treatment by the US Government. A good bit of the 2nd floor is all about the internment and, in that respect, it reminded me of... More 

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