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 included 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.


Friday, November 23, 2018

Member Appreciation Days: Holiday Edition


Friday–Sunday, November 23–25, 2018

Members enjoy a 20% discount at the JANM Store and They also receive free museum admission and a 20% discount at several other Southern California institutions. Visit in October for details, restrictions, and a list of participants.

November 25 is also the second annual Museum Store Sunday; check back for details on special opportunities.

Saturday, December 1, 2018
12:15 PM

Members Only Learning at Lunch: Itadakimasu


Bring your brown bag lunch and break bread with other members and JANM Collection staff during an exploration of delicious and historic foods and traditions. Learn more about JANM’s recent acquisition from Umeya Rice Cake Company, the famed Little Tokyo maker of senbei and arare, and explore menus and dining artifacts from America’s World War II concentration camps.

Space is limited. RSVP by November 27 using the link below. You can also contact or 213.830.5646.

Saturday, December 15, 2018
4:00 PM

Members Only Meet-and-Greet with Velina Hasu Houston


All members are invited to an exclusive pre-event reception with Velina Hasu Houston, playwright of Little Women (A Multicultural Transposition), prior to the performance of her play at 5 p.m.

Houston is a distinguished professor, director of MFA dramatic writing, head of undergraduate playwriting, associate dean of faculty, and resident playwright at the USC School of Dramatic Arts.

Space is limited. RSVP by December 11 using the link below. You can also contact or 213.830.5646.

Saturday, January 5, 2019
10:30 AM

Members Only Exhibition Tour: Kaiju vs Heroes


In California in the 1970s, Mark Nagata was living an all-American childhood when an aunt and uncle serving on a US military base in Japan sent him a box filled with colorful kaiju and hero toys. For Nagata, those toys and the artwork of their packaging inspired him to study art, to zealously collect vintage Japanese vinyl toys, and to become a toy designer himself.

Join Mark Nagata for a gallery tour during which he’ll share more about his passion and his collection of toys. Limited to 25 participants.

RSVP by January 2 using the link below. You can also contact or 213.830.5646.

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