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Manzanar National Historic Site

5001 Hwy. 395, Independence, CA 93526
+1 760-878-2194
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Shameful Chapter

I have visited twice. It is hard to grasp what these Americans went through, pulled from their... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Coloma, California
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A Must Do Stop on I-395 - History that needs to be taught and remembered!

In a beautiful setting, this tragic episode in our history took place. Manzanar is a tribute to the... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Groveland, California
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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 3 days ago

I have visited twice. It is hard to grasp what these Americans went through, pulled from their homes, farms, businesses because of their ancestry. One recent poster tried to establish a false eqivenilcy by stating they were fed and had beautiful mountain scenery while other...More

Thank nsgw
Reviewed 4 days ago

In a beautiful setting, this tragic episode in our history took place. Manzanar is a tribute to the internment of Japanese Americans during world war two. The displays are informative and well designed. The movie they show in the visitor center is a must do....More

Thank CTBCalifornia
Reviewed 1 week ago

This national historic site provides an excellent opportunity for people to know what the Japanese Interment Camp experience was like. It is easily accessible from the highway, and includes indoor and outdoor displays.

Thank Lorne29
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were on a US395 road trip, and stopped here. It doesn't look like much from the road, but it is very interesting, and memorable. You could come in any weather, and walk around a lot or a little. The Visitor Center is large, has...More

Thank Jo W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We didn't plan on stopping there, but it was on the way to Bishop so we stopped for a short visit. It was also special since my class and I read the book, Farewell to Manzanar the year before. It was much different than I...More

Thank SteveinLACa
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I did not realize the full impact of what our country had done after Pearl Harbor. This is very moving..unsettling..heart wrenching & humbling. The property can be seen from a self driving car tour. You can stop at designated areas. It's now part of the...More

Thank 2us4girls2boys
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This historical area was only established about 25 years ago through the efforts of activists. So eye opening. The well done museum complex is in what was the gymnasium of this Japanese Interment Camp. 10,000-12,000 Japanese Americans were re-located here from the Pacific coast after...More

Thank dleewilloughby
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The quality of this exhibit, history with rich stories and integrated approach of telling history is absolutely excellent. My CJ of the approach is similar to the holocaust museum in DC. Definitely watch the movie for a solid overview. Pay attention the the details, stories...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I was very moved by this national historic site. It is a cry against social injustice. American citizens had their constitutional rights violated by our government. This is a must see for those who want to understand history. It is part of the WWII history....More

Thank Susan M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was a low-point in our history, and Manzanar offers a very fact-filled, objective view of what happened here during the war. My teenage daughters were touched at the exhibits and actually asked some very pertinent questions. The view here is gorgeous, and I hope...More

Thank cheeseheadfamilyof4
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