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Manzanar National Historic Site

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Independence, CA 93526-0426

Just east of Sequoia National Park in south central California
Historical Site


The Manzanar War Relocation Center was one of ten camps at which Japanese American citizens and resident Japanese aliens were interned during World War II. Located at the foot of the imposing Sierra Nevada in eastern California's Owens Valley, Manzanar has been identified as the best preserved of these camps.

Today, an interpretive center in the restored Manzanar High School auditorium offers extensive exhibits and history. A 3.2 mile auto tour road will take you past the sentry posts, camp auditorium, ruins of the administrative complex, concrete foundations of many types, rocks gardens, portions of the water systems, and the camp cemetery.

Hours + Fees


The 814 acre site is open every day from dawn to dusk.

Interpretive Center
Summer hours (April 1 - October 31) 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Winter hours (November 1 - March 31) 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Closed December 25

Open year-round during daylight hours. Interpretive Center open 8:30am to 5pm.


Modern Restrooms
Visitor Center


Additional Details:
A walking tour of the Manzanar Camp takes one to two hours. A self-guided tour booklet is available at the Manzanar Interpretive Center, at the Interagency Visitor Center in Lone Pine, and at the Eastern California Museum in Independence.

Map + Directions

Basic Directions
Manzanar is located just off of U.S. Highway 395, 9 miles north of Lone Pine, California and 6 miles south of Independence, California.
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