“a somber site of great historical significance”
Congress established Manzanar National Historic site "to provide for the protection and interpretation of historical and cultural resources associated with the relocation of Japanese-Americans during World War II." If You Only Have an Hour Come inside the Visitor Center and watch the 22 minute filmRemembering Manzanar. Spend some time looking at the exhibits to get a glimpse of life in Manzanar. If You Have Half a Day Come to the Visitor Center and watch the 22 minute filmRemembering Manzanar. Plan on spending about an hour to see the exhibits and artifacts. Adjacent to the Visitor Center is Block 14 where you will find two reconstructed barracks and a mess hall with exhibits. Take the 3.2 mile self guided driving tour around the site to experience the Manzanar landscape. Bring some water to keep hydrated and get out and explore. There are eleven rock gardens and ponds that have been excavated. See many foundations, historic orchards, and other remnants of camp await you if you explore on foot beyond the tour road. Ask for the map Manzanar Today. As a reminder there is no collecting of artifacts. Leave everything where you find it. If You Are Lucky Enough to Have a Long Weekend Manzanar is one of many exciting places to visit in the Owens Valley. Investigate our nearby attractions for ideas suited to any taste.
Make sure to make time to watch the movie.
This is such a stark reminder of how cruelly Japanese Americans were treated during WW2. It made me extremely sad, and was very heartbreaking to see. I think it is important for all people to visit. They are in the process of adding more buildings that show what daily life was like for the people there.
This is an excellent museum on the Japanese internment camp located here during WWII. The displays and movie inside are informative and give a vivid picture of life here for the American families who were taken from their homes and brought here to live and be monitored. They are adding more recreated out buildings for the driving tour. The staff is informative and was especially helpful to a friend whose mother lived there with her family as a small child.
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