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Heart Mountain Interpretive Center

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Address: 1539 Road 19, Powell, WY 82435-8723
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+1 307-754-8000
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The Heart Mountain Interpretive Center is located at the site of a former...

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.

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We had never seen the Japanese Internment Camp so opted to stay one more day to see it. A very sad story in our nation's history but this center gives one a feel for how betrayed... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Choteau, Montana
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Billings, Montana
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38 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Not knowing about this place till my husband brought me there it was an eye opener. There is s few original building left. The museum is a Great eye opener to how they were treated. They show you how they lived before going to camp, while they were there and after they got out. I'm really glad we stopped.

Thank RJohnson1975
Choteau, Montana
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had never seen the Japanese Internment Camp so opted to stay one more day to see it. A very sad story in our nation's history but this center gives one a feel for how betrayed the Japanese Americans felt by their government. I encourage anyone and everyone to visit Heart Mountain and get more of the facts of just... More 

Thank crhardin
Mequon, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017

I didn't know what to expect at this center but so very glad we went. It was sobering to be sure. You see personal notes and pictures from the people who were there. You will see actual rooms where families spent way too long in very cramped quarters. But it wasn't the complete downer I was afraid of because you... More 

Thank chocchic066
Billings, Montana
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Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

Located on the road between Powell and Cody, the Center is a stark reminder of a chapter in our nations history that our family never knew about. A stop here is highly recommended! Lots of information in a great presentation.

Thank Edward S
Powell, Wyoming
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Reviewed 14 March 2017

This is a worldclass museum which carefully, creatively, and sensitively communicates the period in American history when Japanese-Americans were interned in camps throughout our country. It is a timely and important reminder of what can and has happened when groups of people are targeted because of their race, religion, or color. Excellent displays, short film, and gift shop.

Thank Powell_WyomingHbw
New Paltz, New York
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Reviewed 23 February 2017

The museum at this historic site of Japanese-American internment is relatively new. The directors and staff have done a good job of presenting genuine artifacts they do have with replicas of some they don't. The labeling of each type preserves the integrity of the museum as a whole. This presentation of genuine artifacts with replicas to tell the story of... More 

Thank 833glenns
Cowley, Wyoming
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Reviewed 6 January 2017

This museum offers a clear look back at what the Japanese internment camp was. It is well organized and offered insightful perspectives from multiple points of view. The exhibits are geared to an older audience, but the museum has incorporated a wide range of technology to engage younger children (movies, audio, etc). Over all, very informative and well worth the... More 

Thank Jill H
Atlanta, Georgia
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Reviewed 18 October 2016

Amazing museum highlighting the interment of Japanese Americans during World War 2. OK for younger kids (6-12), but you might have to read a lot to them and explain a few things. Some hands on activities. The staff were amazing and did a great job telling the history of what went on.

Thank John S
Albany, NY
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Reviewed 30 September 2016

This was one of the highlights of our road trip through Wyoming and Montana and into the Canadian Rockies. That says a lot because of the spectacular sights available in all of those locations. The significance of the history traced here and the quality way it was done and presented makes it a sight that all Americans should see. After... More 

Thank Michael K
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Reviewed 29 September 2016

A guide on a Mustang trip spoke a few words about the story of the Japanese at Heart Mountain. Personally I had never even heard their story and had no knowledge of anything like this ever happening! The museum is very, very good. Start with the video. Can get pretty emotional.

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