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 17,000 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; and partners with numerous institutions to present or host an array of specialty programming. The museum presents at least two free family festivals each year, featuring crafts, performances, and activities for people of all ages.