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UPDATE (6/30/20): On-site group visits will resume January 2021.

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

Group Visit Offerings


Both the On-site Visits and Virtual Visits programs at the Japanese American National Museum are 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 on-site and virtual visits encourage students to build personal and human connections, think critically, and engage in participatory learning experiences. Visits complement grades 1-12 learning and curriculum and share the richness of the Japanese American experience.

Please check the On-site and Virtual Visit Offering pages for individual listings. On-site school visits must be booked with three weeks advance notice and in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic are completely cancellable for 2021 by either party, at any time, without penalty. Please note that at this time, we are not allowing any self-guided tours. Other important information about planning your visit can be found through the links at the right, including how to apply for free admission and transportation grants for school groups.

Virtual visits must be booked three weeks in advance. Virtual visits for grades 4-12 require pre-work with suggested time spent on the content in advance of the facilitated live experience. Pre-visit curriculum is vital in ensuring that the live videoconferencing session is spent on meaningful dialogue. Pre-work is designed to be completed either independently by students, or as a teacher-led lesson. Completion of a facilitated virtual visit reserved via the Education Unit is required in order to book a Q&A session with a first-person survivor of incarceration.

Please read our visit descriptions thoroughly before booking. Once you decide which tour experience you prefer, review the 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.

 


 

VIRTUAL VISITS

 

Community and Culture

Recommended Age: Grades 1-3
Program Length: 45 mins live
Pre-Work: None

This interactive exploration of key items from JANM’s permanent collection focuses on culture, community, and tradition by exploring the history of Japanese immigrants and their descendants in America. Virtual visit includes a live origami tutorial that can easily be done with paper and materials found at home; an introduction to taiko, the art of Japanese drumming; and storytelling.

California Content Standards Alignments:


  • 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 VAPA Content Standards: 1.MU:Pr6a, 1.MU:Pr6b, 2.MU:Pr6a, 2.MU:Pr6b, 3.MU:Pr6b, 1-3MU:Cn11
  • 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

Not in California?

JANM virtual visits help students build a more inclusive understanding of American history, culture, and society while practicing important historical thinking and 21st century skills. This virtual visit option also aligns to the following Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts (CCSS.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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Let Curiosity Guide You

Recommended Age: Grades 4-6
Program Length: 45-50 mins live facilitated experience
Pre-Work: 20-30 mins

Prework contains: Introduction to JANM, orientation video, and a creative assignment to prepare for live discussion.

This facilitated exploration of key artifacts, images and documents from JANM’s on-going exhibition Common Ground: The Heart of Community provides students the opportunity to learn about and react to Japanese American history while honing critical thinking skills and engaging (verbally and non-verbally) in facilitated virtual discussion.

California Content Standards Alignments:


  • 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 VAPA Content Standards: 5.VA:Pr6, 6.VA:Pr6
  • CA CCSS for ELA/Literacy: SL.4.1, 5.1, 6.1

Not in California?

JANM virtual visits help students build a more inclusive understanding of American history, society, and democracy while practicing important historical thinking and 21st century skills. This virtual visit option also aligns to the following Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts (CCSS.ELA-Literacy): SL.4.1, 5.1, 6.1

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The “Stuff” of History

Recommended Age: Grades 7-12
Program Length: 45-50 min live discussion
Pre-Work: 20-30 mins

Pre-work contains: Introduction to JANM, orientation film, overview of language/ euphemisms pertaining to Japanese American history and virtual exhibition, and theme analysis activity.

This facilitated experience of key artifacts, images and documents featured in JANM’s on-going exhibition Common Ground: The Heart of Community focuses on engaging student skills in object analysis and interpretation. Students will use critical thinking skills to uncover and understand the significance of JANM’s collection items within the context of Japanese American history to as well as larger themes and ideas.

California Content Standards Alignments:


  • 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 VAPA Content Standards: Prof.VA:Pr6
  • CA CCSS for ELA/Literacy: SL.7.1-7.2, 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

Not in California?

JANM virtual visits help students build a more inclusive understanding of American history, society, and democracy while practicing important historical thinking and 21st century skills. This virtual visit option also aligns to the following Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts (CCSS.ELA-Literacy): SL.7.1-7.2, 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

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Virtual Visit add-on: Survivor Q&A

Recommended Age: Grades 4 and up
Program Length: 20 minutes
Pre-Work: Virtual visit is required in order to book this add-on. [Additional $50]

Using a virtual video/audio conferencing platform, speak to a survivor of America’s concentration camps and gain insight into the first-hand experience of living through history. Trained docents and facilitators who lived through WWII will engage with your group to provide a rare, first-person glimpse this critical era of American history. Offered depending on speaker availability.

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Virtual Visit: Common Ground Highlights

Recommended Age: College / Adult / Seniors
Program Length: 60 mins
Pre-Work: None

A virtual visit for college, adult, and senior groups of with the Japanese American National Museum’s on-going exhibition Common Ground: The Heart of Community. This object-based guided visual presentation will chronologically explore the Japanese American experience from the 1860s through the post-war era. For the best experience, please provide particular areas of interest while booking.

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ON-SITE VISITS

 

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.

California Content Standards Alignments:

  • 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.

California Content Standards Alignments:

  • 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.

California Content Standards Alignments:

  • 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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