Manzanar National Historic Site

Manzanar Reward Road
Independence, CA 93526

Toll free phone: 760-878-2194

Local phone: 760-878-2194


Sunday: 9:00am - 4:30pm

Monday: 9:00am - 4:30pm

Tuesday: 9:00am - 4:30pm

Wednesday: 9:00am - 4:30pm

Thursday: 9:00am - 4:30pm

Friday: 9:00am - 4:30pm

Saturday: 9:00am - 4:30pm

Dates Closed: Closed Christmas Day

In 1942, the United States government ordered more than 110,000 men, women, and children to leave their homes and detained them in remote, military-style camps. Manzanar War Relocation Center was one of ten camps where Japanese American citizens and resident Japanese aliens were incarcerated during World War II.Extensive exhibits span a century of history, from 1885 to the present, with a focus on the World War II relocation and internment of Japanese Americans from the west coast. Exhibits include a large scale model of Manzanar War Relocation Center crafted by former internees, historic photographs and audiovisual programs, and artifacts. A large graphic includes the names of over 10,000 Japanese Americans who spent all or part of World War II at Manzanar.

Traveler Reviews

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Overall Rating: 5.0

based on 497 reviews

Worth the stop. Very moving.
This monument documents a very sad time in our country's history. During WWII, out of fear, we interned Japanese-American citizens in these concentration camps, just because of their heritage. They...
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An American concentration camp
An American concentration camp. Manzanar is a must-see for every American, yet it's one of those places that most people will probably never drive by. It's easy to spot off of the 395. Even if the...
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Good historical stop
They are adding to this stop every time I come, took the drive tour, it looks like the have built/recreated some of the tar paper barracks that was here during the interment, sad part of our history
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