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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 (www.janm.org) 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 www.janm.org to view our calendar of public programs, exhibitions, group visit information and volunteer opportunities on www.janm.org/volunteer/
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