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UPDATE (6/30/20): Group visits will resume January 2021.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, School and Group Visits at the Japanese American National Museum will not resume until January 2021.

Click here for more information regarding all of JANM’s response to COVID-19.

Group Visit Offerings


The School Visits Program at the Japanese American National Museum is built in support of the museum’s mission to promote understanding and appreciation of America’s ethnic and cultural diversity by sharing the Japanese American experience. Our school group visits and virtual experiences encourage students to build personal and human connections, think critically, and engage in participatory learning experiences. On and off-site experiences complement classroom learning and share the richness of the Japanese American experience.

Please check the Group Visit Offerings listed on this page. All group visits must be booked at least three weeks in advance. Unless otherwise noted, school group visits begin at 11 a.m., last 1 hour, and can accommodate up to 30 students. Other important information about planning your group visit can be found by clicking on the links at the right, including how to apply for free admission and transportation grants for school groups.

For the Spring 2021 Semester we will begin offering tour reservations with the clear understanding that the reservation can be cancelled by either party, at any time, without penalty.

All on-site tours and activities will be modified and led in accordance with the National Museum’s COVID prevention policies. Please note that at this time, we are not allowing any self-guided tours. Once you decide which tour experience your school group would prefer, calendar of available dates and then click below to book.

If you have any questions, please email us at groupvisits@janm.org. We are happy to help you!


Please note that availability, pricing, requirements, and options are subject to change.

 

Explore! Community & Culture

Recommended Age: Grades 1-3
Program Length: 1 hour total
Available 11 a.m. start time. 30 students maximum. Available Tue-Fri.

Self-Guided Gallery Exploration
30 minutes

After a brief staff welcome and orientation, students will independently explore the exhibition Common Ground: The Heart of Community to learn about community, culture, and traditions by exploring the Japanese American immigration experience.

Storytime
30 minutes

Using a traditional Japanese storytelling technique called kamishibai, a storyteller will engage students by bringing Japanese folktales to life.

Take-Home Activity Kit

To supplement your visit, JANM will provide materials for your students to take part in a cultural activity at home or in the classroom once the on-site visit has occurred. More details TBD.

Content Standards
CA HSS Content Standards: 1.5, 2.1, 3.3
CA HSS Analysis Skills (K-5): Chronological and Spatial Thinking 3; Research, Evidence, and Point of View 2
CA CCSS for ELA/Literacy: SL.1.1-4, 2.1-3, 3.1-3; RL.1.2-3, 1.7, 2.2-3, 2.7, 3.2-3, 3.7

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Explore! Let Curiosity Guide You

Recommended Age: Grades 4-6
Program Length: 1 hour total
Available 11 a.m. start time. 30 students maximum. Available Tue-Fri.

Self-Guided Gallery Exploration
1 hour

After a brief staff welcome and orientation, students will independently explore the exhibition Common Ground: The Heart of Community to learn about the Japanese American experience while thinking critically about specific artifacts and images within the gallery.

Take-Home Activity Kit

To supplement your visit, JANM will provide materials for your students to take part in a cultural activity at home or in the classroom once the on-site visit has occurred. More details TBD.

CA HSS Content Standards: 4.4, 4.5.1, 5.7
CA HSS Analysis Skills (K-5): Chronological and Spatial Thinking 3; Research, Evidence, and Point of View 2
CA HSS Analysis Skills (6-8): Chronological and Spatial Thinking 1; Research, Evidence, and Point of View 1; Historical Interpretation 1, 2, 4
CA CCSS for ELA/Literacy: SL.4.1, 5.1, 6.1
CA VAPA Content Standards: 4.VA:Cn10, 5.VA:Pr6, 6.VA:Cr2.1, 6.VA:Pr6

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Explore! The “Stuff” of History

Recommended Age: Grades 7-12
Program Length: 1 hour total
Available 11 a.m. start time. 30 students maximum. Available Tue-Fri.

Self-Guided Gallery Exploration
1 hour

After a brief staff welcome and orientation, students will independently explore the exhibition Common Ground: The Heart of Community with a focus on analysis and interpretation of objects, images and documents central to Japanese American history. Students will be prompted to consider the importance of specific items and connect these items to larger themes in American history including injustice, civil rights, and change.

Take-Home Activity Kit

To supplement your visit, JANM will provide materials for your students to take part in a cultural activity at home or in the classroom once the on-site visit has occurred. More details TBD.

CA HSS Content Standards: 8.2.6, 8.12.7, 10.3.4, 10.8, 11.7, 11.11.2, PAD 12.10
CA HSS Analysis Skills (6-8): Research, Evidence, and Point of View 4; Historical Interpretation 1
CA HSS Analysis Skills (9-12): Chronological and Spatial Thinking 1; Historical Research, Evidence, and Point of View 4; Historical Interpretation 1, 3, 4
CA CCSS for ELA/Literacy: SL.7.1, 7.4, 8.1, 8.4, 9-10.1, 9-10.4, 11-12.1, 11-12.4; RH.6-8.2, 9-10.2, 11-12.2, 11-12.9
CA VAPA Content Standards: Prof.VA:Pr6

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Tours - College/Adults

In accordance with the Japanese American National Museum's COVID-19 Prevention Policies, group tours will not be offered until further notice. Please check the visitor policies on our website to make an individual reservation

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Tours - Native Japanese Speakers

In accordance with the Japanese American National Museum's COVID-19 Prevention Policies, group tours will not be offered until further notice. Please check the visitor policies on our website to make an individual reservation

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Special Programs

 

Virtual Experiences

Virtual tour experiences will be designed on an individual basis to be grade appropriate and engaging. From their on-site or virtual classroom, students will have an opportunity to interact with JANM staff and/or volunteers through digital technology. The virtual visit will highlight rich narratives that make our history more diverse and foster personal connections that are difficult to replicate in a textbook.

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