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Japanese American Resource Center/Museum, San Jose

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The Japanese American Museum of San Jose (JAMsj) showcases a unique collection of permanent and rotating exhibits chronicling more than a century of Japanese American history. Visitors will learn about early immigration of Japanese to America, their leadership in the agricultural community, their incarceration during World War II and the challenges they faced, while adapting and contributing to West Coast communities.

JAMsj provides a historical forum that stimulates present day discussions on civil liberties, race relations, discrimination, and American identity.
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  • Private Guidetour (Rich from the museum). Amazing experience; highly recommended . Very interesting and interactive visit. You'll definitely learn something new! 
    Private Guidetour (Rich from the museum). Amazing experience; highly recommended . Very interesting and interactive visit. You'll definitely learn something new!  more »
  • What a wonderful museum. A great layout of Japanese American history in the US and a full description of the camps during the war. Docents Gordon & Alice gave us a GREAT tour—they were so... 
    What a wonderful museum. A great layout of Japanese American history in the US and a full description of the camps during the war. Docents Gordon & Alice gave us a GREAT tour—they were so...  more »
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  • Definitely worth the visit. The back area is built to resemble one of the barracks in an interment camp, and some of the tools and paraphernalia of the time. One is able to get close enough for a good view, and it was a refreshing surprise to be able to go into the recreation of a portion of the barracks, it felt like I was there.
  • Educational and historically relevant to San Jose. Comfortable space, well aired out (except last shed area with equipment outside that is naturally musty). Lots of benches to sit and read exhibits. Wonderful for older visitors and also myself as I need to sit often. Staff are nice and welcoming. They offer free tours which sounded fun (we roamed alone, but could hear it going on). Student discounts bring the 8 dollars entrance fee to an affordable 5 bucks. One downside is you need to show proof of a booster vaccination (not just the initial vaccination doses, but your booster shot). So remember to prepare that! I enjoyed my visit. The gift shop is quite small. The museum exhibit is a pleasantly shorter length, as it took us about an hour to finish. It was quiet with only 1 moderately sized guided group and us there during weekend peak times.

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