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

Thursday: 9:00am - 4:30pm

Friday: 9:00am - 4:30pm

Saturday: 9:00am - 4:30pm

Reconstructed buildings: Open daily, 9-4:15

Dates closed: Entire site 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 509 reviews

We should all see this well presented glimpse of our past.
Very knowledgeable docents. Much to learn here. its worth pulling off 395 for a visit, which will take an hour or two.
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Worth the time to visit
Sobering and thoughtful experience. The site serves as a serious reminder of how fragile and precious our freedoms are, and how tragic circumstances can uproot and victimize the innocent. While...
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Must see Manzanar Nation Historic site
The history of Manzanar is amazing. After Reading The Daughter of Molokai, I felt the need to see this place. It is sad that so many Japanese Americans had to call this home for many Years. It is...
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