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

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

Overall Rating: 5.0

based on 506 reviews

Excellent depiction of history
Hubs and I made it a point to stop here because we had both read the book "Farewell to Manzanar". It was well worth the stop. We did the driving tour and explored the bookstore and interior displays...
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A learning experience
I knew almost nothing about this time in history. The presentations in the visitors center tell not only the Japanese internment aspect of this area, but also of the original native Americans and...
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A must see.
A must see! It was so informative and the rebuilt mess hall and barracks show what life was like in these camps. The visitor center was closed for Covid, but you can drive around yourself and get...
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