Located in the Little Tokyo area of Los Angeles, the Japanese American National Museum tells the story of Japanese Americans. Opened in 1992, it is the first museum in the United States dedicated to the topic.
The Japanese American National Museum hosts many changing exhibits, but Common Ground: The Heart of Community is its ongoing central exhibition. Using an assortment of objects, documents and photographs, the exhibition covers 130 years of Japanese American history. It begins with the early days of the Issei pioneers, and continues through the World War II incarceration to present day. The museum’s calendar of events is loaded with all sorts of events and programs, so be sure to check the schedule when you visit.
The Japanese American National Museum is open six days a week. It is closed on Monday, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. The use of public transportation is encouraged. If you’re in Downtown Los Angeles, you can take the DASH bus. Visitors can also take the Metro Gold Line to the Little Tokyo/Arts District stop. Metro riders get $2 off any adult admission. Free general admission every Thursday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and all day every third Thursday of the month.