Located in the heart of downtown LA’s Little Tokyo Historic District, the Japanese American National Museum is nationally and internationally recognized for its commitment to explore the meaning of America’s ethnic and cultural diversity by sharing the Japanese American experience. Its ongoing core exhibition, Common Ground: The Heart of Community, chronicles over 150 years of Japanese American history from the early days of the Issei (first-generation) pioneers through the WWII incarceration to the present. The National Museum also presents art and cultural exhibitions, dynamic public programs, an award-winning Museum Store, and the Hirasaki National Resource Center, a self-directed educational experience connecting visitors with the Museum’s wealth of resources documenting Japanese American culture.
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Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 11:00 am–5:00 pmThursday, 12:00 pm–8:00 pmFree general admission every Thursday from 5 to 8 PM and every third Thursday of the month.
Mondays Thanksgiving DayChristmas Day New Year's DayJuly 4th All holiday hours are subject to change without notice.
101 Freeway south, exit Los Angeles Street; turn right off the freeway onto Los Angeles Street, and turn left onto First Street. The museum is located on the left-hand side. 101 Freeway north, exit Alameda Street turn left onto Alameda Street, and right onto First Street. The museum is located on the right-hand side. Public parking lots available off First and Central.
Metro: The museum is easily accessible by public transportation via MetroLink (Gold Line) and MTA and Dash bus routes.
Comments aboutSmart Destinations Japanese American National Museum:
My mother and father were in Poston AZ camp. So this was wonderful to see exactly what it was like for them. My mother is now 91 and my father is now 90. My aunty, uncle, ba-chan(grandmother)were also there. My cousin was born in poston AZ camp.