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Manzanar National Historic Site

5001 Hwy. 395, Independence, CA 93526
+1 760-878-2194
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This historical area was only established about 25 years ago through the efforts of activists. So... read more

Reviewed yesterday
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One of the best historical exhibits in america

The quality of this exhibit, history with rich stories and integrated approach of telling history... 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

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 2 days 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 days 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 6 days 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
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were staying in Lone Pine for our Mount Whitney hike and had an extra day in the area. This site is close to Lone Pine so we came up for a visit. We happened to visit on a day when there was a guided...More

Thank KTA89052
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visitor center is a good place to start as they have some good displays if you are not familiar with this bit of embarrassing history...you can drive around the site and few of the barracks and the mess hall have some good displays...well worth the...More

Thank thelonious22
Reviewed 1 week ago

How many time times have you seen visitors to a National Monument require tissue paper to wipe their eyes? You will need it here. Don't be fooled by the scant number of building as what is contained inside those building is a very powerful exhibit...More

Thank Cactuscajun
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped here on our way to Death Valley NP and ended up spending much longer than we intended. The exhibits are excellent and make history come alive. When you enter the Visitor's Center, you can pick up an ID tag telling the name of...More

Thank clemmy33
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Informative museum about the living conditions for the Japanese in California during WWII. Such a weird thing to do during a war, and comparing to the concentration camps of nazi germany there are certainly striking differences. Less forced misery at Manzanar, but that does not...More

Thank Hanna A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The visitors center is very well presented. There is a 20 minute film explaining quite a lot before you tour through the many displays. Over 10,000 Japanese American people were interred there from 1942 to 1945. I was so proud to see and read what...More

Thank Oniedu
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