• Mt. Williamson and cemetery monument

    Manzanar

    National Historic Site California

Reservations

Group Reservations

If your school, travel group, service group or organization is planning on visiting Manzanar NHS we have several options.

You can visit Manzanar on your own. There are exhibits in the Interpretive Center and the award winning 22 minute film Remembering Manzanar showing every 30 minutes. There is a self-guided driving tour of Manzanar where you will see two sentry posts, Japanese gardens, baseball field, cemetery and monument as well as exhibits at Block 14 that include a restored Mess Hall and two newly constructed reproduction barracks.

Ranger led programs can be arranged by reservation. Depending on your length of visit a program may be a fifteen minute introduction to the site, to an in-depth tour of Manzanar lasting about ninety minutes. Please call our reservation line at (760) 878-2194, ext. 3333. You may download the Group Reservation Request and fax it to (760) 878-2949.

Please note that reservations must be made at least 30 days prior to your visit to allow processing. Staffing may be limited on weekends and holidays.

Types of Ranger Guided Programs Offered

Basic Tour
Learn what life was like at Manzanar. Tour includes film, orientation to the site at scale model, and a visit to the two replica barracks, mess hall, and other features of Block 14.

Discussion Tour
Tour begins with the film and a walk through Block 14 to cover basic facts of life in camp, finishing in the mess hall for a ranger-facilitated in-depth discussion of Manzanar's relevance today.

Indoor Tour
The wind and extreme temperatures don't feel any better now that they did in 1942. Tour includes, film, orientation to the site at the scale model, and aspects of camp life featured in the museum exhibits.

Bus Tour
A park ranger will join your group on your bus, and tour the camp. Tour road length is 3.2 miles; most tours stop at the camp cemetery and Merritt Park.

Garden Tour
Tour begins by viewing the film, then walk to some of the unique gardens buit by Japanese Americans during the war. Tour discusses landscaping, gardening, contests, archeology and restoration.

Did You Know?

Manzanar apple crate label. Courtesy of Eastern California Museum.

Before World War II, Manzanar was an orchard community. The name “Manzanar” is Spanish for apple orchard.