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Japanese American National Museum

  • 45 people are interested

JANM presently is closed to the public but we are accepting application for our next new volunteer class in 2021

We need weekday school tour facilitators!

Share the Japanese American story with our diverse audience of students grades 1-12 by

  • Facilitating interactive school group experiences of our core exhibition "Common Ground: The Heart of Community".
  • Crafting with students to create one of the Museum’s four designated origami pieces

No museum or docent experience needed. Knowledge provided in both classroom settings and through active learning. Familiarity with Japanese American history is a plus but not required.

Volunteers needed for morning hour shifts of 4 hours on Fridays and Tuesdays. Average of eight volunteer hours per month requested.

Benefits? Yes! You'll have the opportunity to hear many unique and distinct stories of lives that together form the American experience. And nonstop learning opportunities offered through volunteer and staff led sessions, JANM public programs, and on-line resources.

Learn more online about our Group Visits ( groups/) or write us at

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About Japanese American National Museum


100 North Central Avenue, Volunteer Office, Los Angeles, CA 90012, US

Mission Statement

The mission of the Japanese American National Museum is to promote understanding and appreciation of America's ethnic and cultural diversity by preserving, interpreting and sharing the experiences of Japanese Americans. We share the story of Japanese Americans because we honor our nation's diversity. We believe in the importance of remembering our history to better guard against the prejudice that threatens liberty and equality in a democratic society. We strive as a world-class museum to provide a voice for Japanese Americans and a forum that enables all people to explore their own heritage and culture. We promote continual exploration of the meaning and value of ethnicity in our country through programs that preserve individual dignity, strengthen our communities, and increase respect among all people. We believe that our work will transform lives, create a more just America and, ultimately, a better world.


Based in Los Angeles’ historic Little Tokyo neighborhood, it has a nation-wide focus and international base of support. The Japanese American National Museum is located adjacent to the Metro Gold Line in the Little Tokyo/Arts district of downtown Los Angeles, a neighborhood that has experienced an exciting revitalization with diverse new restaurants, shops, luxury apartments, and nightlife.

An affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and AAM accredited, the National Museum ( is recognized as one of the nations’ premier cultural museums. In 2010, the Japanese American National Museum was awarded America’s highest honor for museum, the National Medal from the IMLS.

We are an American institution that researches, interprets and presents the culture, arts and history of those of Japanese ancestry in the United States.

Please visit our website at to view our calendar of public programs, exhibitions, group visit information and volunteer opportunities on

We are seeking volunteers for Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday mornings. Presently, we're unable to accept applications for Saturday or Sunday volunteers.

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Advocacy & Human Rights
Children & Youth
Race & Ethnicity


We'll work with your schedule.


100 N. Central AveLos Angeles, CA 90012



  • Teaching / Instruction
  • Customer Service
  • History
  • Public Speaking
  • Verbal / Written Communication




  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 16
  • Orientation or Training
  • average of 8 hours per month for 1 year
  • 11.5 hours of classroom learning during a 6-month orientation & training period. All sessions on Saturday mornings. Additional tour-related training will be provided on-the-job.

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