Plan Your Visit
Manzanar War Relocation Center was one of ten camps at which Japanese American citizens and resident Japanese aliens were interned during World War II. Located at the foot of the majestic Sierra Nevada in eastern California's Owens Valley, Manzanar has been identified as the best preserved of these camps.
Today you may visit Manzanar and learn about the experience of the Japanese Americans at Manzanar and other eras of the site's history. Inside the Manzanar Visitor Center you will find extensive exhibits, a 22 minute film and a bookstore. Just adjacent to the Visitor Center is Block 14 with two reconstructed barracks and a mess hall with exhibits. You may drive a 3.2 mile auto tour and see remnants of orchards, eleven recently excavated rock gardens and ponds, building foundations, and the camp cemetery.
Did You Know?
Manzanar interned over 10,000 people behind barbed wire with no due process of law. Some internees found it ironic that the nearest town, six miles to the north, is named Independence.