Japanese American National Museum
Established in 1985, the Japanese American National Museum promotes understanding and appreciation of America’s ethnic and cultural diversity by sharing the Japanese American experience. Located in the historic Little Tokyo district of downtown Los Angeles, JANM is a hybrid institution that straddles traditional museum categories and strives to provide a voice for Japanese Americans as well as a forum that enables all people to explore their own heritage and culture.
In addition to its well-attended exhibitions and busy slate of related public programs, JANM manages a rigorous education program that serves approximately 10,000 K–12 students every year; operates DiscoverNikkei.org, a rich, web-based resource for Japanese immigrant communities all over the world; produces high-quality videos capturing community oral histories and museum programming; organizes major community gatherings such as the 2013 National Conference commemorating the Civil Liberties Act of 1988; and partners with numerous institutions to present or host an array of specialty programming. The museum presents several free family days and festivals each year, featuring crafts, performances, and activities for guests of all ages.