Japanese American National Museum
Collections & Research

The Collection at the Japanese American National Museum

The Japanese American National Museum is the first Museum in the United States dedicated to sharing the experience of Americans of Japanese ancestry as an integral part of U.S. History. Housing over 80,000 artifacts, our collection encompasses all aspects of the Japanese American experience, from immigration and settlement, to the contemporary Japanese American experience.

Cornerstone collections include diaries, drawings, and other first person narratives of America’s Concentration Camps, as well as materials from the 442nd Regimental Combat Team and the 522nd Field Artillery Battalion.

It is through this goal of preserving collections for future generations, where the artifacts role as ambassadors and storytellers for the Museum, becomes central to the Japanese American National Museum’s ideology.


Share Your Family Story with the Japanese American National Museum

Please inquire with the Collections Management and Access Unit if your family has a story to share, a collection to donate, or is interested in their family artifacts currently in the collection. Monetary donations can be made to care for collections for their long-term storage and preservation.

For further details, please call the Collections Management and Access Unit at 213.830.5712 or email


Accessing the Permanent Collection

Research requests to access the National Museum’s Permanent Collection can be made to the Collections Management & Access Unit at 213.830.5712 or Requests are scheduled in advance and require documentation as to what purpose the research visit will pose.



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