The following is a press release from the National Park Service.
INDEPENDENCE, CA — Manzanar National Historic Site’s visitor center will be open 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM every day, beginning July 1, 2022.
“We look forward to having our visitor center opened seven days a week to accommodate summer travelers,” said Superintendent Brenda Ling. “Visitors will have more of an opportunity to learn about Manzanar, a dark chapter in American history which should never happen again.”
More than 117,000 people visited Manzanar in 2021.
The visitor center features 8,000 square feet of exhibits as well as a bookstore operated by the non-profit Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association. Photographer Shane Sato’s “Go For Broke Spirit” exhibit is currently featured showing contemporary—and contemplative—photos of Japanese American veterans of World War II.
Manzanar’s Block 14 barracks, mess hall, and latrine interpret the experiences of individuals, families, and communities incarcerated at Manzanar. They are open daily from 9:00 AM to 4:15 P<. The site itself is open from dawn to dusk, offering a three mile, self-guided auto tour, as well as opportunities to explore Manzanar on foot. Features include numerous gardens and ponds built by Japanese Americans to beautify their surroundings. Visitors can also explore century-old orchards from the pre-war town of Manzanar.
Manzanar National Historic Site is located at 5001 Highway 395, six miles south of Independence and nine miles north of Lone Pine, California. Learn more on our website at https://www.nps.gov/manz or explore “ManzanarNationalHistoricSite” on Facebook and “ManzanarNPS” on Instagram and YouTube.
LEAD PHOTO: Manzanar’s visitor center displays include ten banners, created by the Manzanar Committee and used during the annual Manzanar Pilgrimage, representing one of the facilities where the U.S. Government incarcerated 120,313 Japanese Americans during World War II. NPSManzanar NHS photo.