Japanese-American Museum

Central Avenue and First Street

Japanese American Museum

In a former Buddhist temple that was built in 1925, coupled with a new modern facility next door, is the Japanese American National Museum. Opened in 1992, the museum is the first in this country devoted to the history and contributions of Japanese Americans. In January 1999, the museum opened 30,000 more square feet of exhibit space. The design of the new building includes a curving, glass edifice that reflects the older building. The new facility is designed by Gyo Obata, who also designed the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Washington DC.

Japanese American Museum

PHOTOS: C. Roseman; J. Mapes