Japanese American National Museum
This is the largest museum in the United States to explore Japanese-American history.
Dedicated to presenting and interpreting the culture and history of Japanese Americans, this museum opened in 1992 in a landmark Buddhist temple. On a site just across the street, a stunningly beautiful 85,000 square-foot new building designed by Gyo Obata (who designed the Smithsonian's Air and Space Museum) opened in 1999. The museum's permanent collection ranges from art to kimonos and reminders of the internment of Japanese Americans during WWII. Historical exhibits are artfully designed and include many homey, donated artifacts; art exhibits often honor American artists of Japanese descent. A database allows visitors to track Japanese American family histories.