Target was sponsoring a free family day at the Japanese American National Museum, so I decided to take advantage of that deal by making my way over to Little Tokyo using the Metro Gold Line. The museum features a lot of information, photographs, and artifacts related to Japanese-American culture and history and it’s amazing to read and hear about the stories of growing up during a time when Japanese people were put in concentration camps after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. There is even an preserved barrack from the Heart Mountain concentration camp.
Photography isn’t allowed inside the galleries, so you’ll just have to go and see everything for yourself. Adult admission is $9, but you can also see the museum for free on every third Thursday of the month and on the special Target-sponsored days. The next two listed on the museum website are on May 11 and June 8.
Back in 2011, I actually wrote a review of the museum on Yelp that got featured in the May 11, 2011 edition of the LA East Weekly Yelp called “The Un-Museum Museum“. My review was one of the “Picks of the Week” and it was pretty cool since I first found out that it was featured from one of my friends. Oh, my fifteen minutes of “fame”.