Japanese American National Museum
Events Calendar

Series: Member Events


Exclusive events for our members such as exhibition tours and receptions.

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All programs are free for JANM members and free with admission for non-members, unless otherwise noted. Events are subject to change.

Reservations are recommended for most programs; you may use the links below. You may also RSVP by emailing or calling 213.625.0414 at least 48 hours in advance. Please indicate the name, date, and time of the program, as well as your name and the number of people in your party. (RSVPs are not accepted for Family Festivals). For all ticketed events (classes, workshops, food tours, etc.), pre-payment is required to hold your space. Cancellations must be made 48 hours in advance or no refund will be issued.


Saturday, October 29, 2016
10:30 AM

Members Only Exhibition Tour: Tatau


Join Tatau exhibition curator Takahiro “Ryudaibori” Kitamura for an in-depth gallery tour, followed by a catalog signing.

Limited to 25 members; reservations are required. RSVP to or 213.830.5646.

Image: Tattoo by Su‘a Sulu‘ape Paul Jr. Photo by John Agcaoili.

In conjunction with the exhibition Tatau: Marks of Polynesia
Friday, November 18, 2016
12:00 PM—1:00 PM

Members Only Learning at Lunch: Iwao Takamoto


Join JANM’s collections staff for an exploration of the work of animator, TV producer, and film director Iwao Takamoto.

As a teenager, Takamoto and his family were sent to Manzanar, where he learned basic illustration. After the war, he was hired by Walt Disney Studios as an assistant animator. He eventually became a character designer for such Disney classics as Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, and Lady and the Tramp. Takamoto later worked at Hanna-Barbera Productions, where he became known for designing the characters of Scooby Doo and the Jetson family’s dog, Astro.

RSVPs recommended to or 213.830.5646.

Image: Gift of Iwao Takamoto.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Member Appreciation Days


Friday–Sunday, November 25–27, 2016

JANM members always enjoy a 10% store discount and free admission to JANM. On this special weekend, take advantage of a 20% discount at the JANM Store and, plus free admission and a 20% store discount at 17 participating Southern California institutions.

New participants this season will include Palm Springs Art Museum, who will join returning favorites such as MOCA, California Science Center, Skirball Cultural Center, LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, and many more.

Visit in November for details, restrictions, and a complete list of participants.

Saturday, December 10, 2016
2:00 PM

Members Only Program and Reception—Only the Oaks Remain


Only the Oaks Remain tells the true stories of those targeted as dangerous enemy aliens and imprisoned in the Tuna Canyon Detention Station, located in the Tujunga neighborhood of Los Angeles, by the US Department of Justice during World War II.

In conjunction with the opening day, all JANM members are invited to a moderated panel discussion. Speakers will include Dr. Lloyd Hitt, local Tujunga historian; Dr. Sigrid Toye, daughter of a German detainee taken on the night that bombs fell on Pearl Harbor; and Grace Shimizu, who will talk about the Japanese Latin Americans who were imprisoned at Tuna Canyon. Program will be followed by a light reception.

RSVP by December 7 to or 213.625.0414, ext. 2222.

Saturday, December 17, 2016
10:30 AM

Members Only Exhibition Tour: Uprooted


Join Uprooted: Japanese American Farm Labor Camps During World War II exhibition curator Morgen Young for an exclusive gallery tour.

Limited to 25 members; reservations are required. RSVP to or 213.830.5646.

Image: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, FSA-OWI Collection, LC-USF34-073759-D.

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