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 503 reviews

Incredibly important
While this is an incredibly painful part of American history, it is SO important to learn about it so it isn’t repeated in the future. This is a very well thought out and educational national...
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Must Visit if in the Area
A visit to Manzanar had been on my bucket list for several years. The rebuilt mess hall and barracks are amazing. Several rock garden and water features have been excavated. After visiting the...
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Please visit!
Recently fully re-opened - thank goodness! this should be a required field trip for all Americans. When you drive up and see a concentration camp tower just takes your breath away. Please...
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