Japanese American National Museum
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The Japanese American National Museum is located at 100 North Central Avenue in the heart of Little Tokyo in downtown Los Angeles.


Hours & Admission

School group visits are available Tuesday through Friday beginning at 10 a.m.

Reserved and guided school groups receive a discount off of regular admission!
$5/student, $7/adult chaperon with advanced reservations

Adult and senior groups of 10 or more receive an admission discount of $1 off regular admission per person.

Please check the Visit the Museum page for a listing of our updated Museum hours and admission rates. Prices subject to change.

For information on free admission, please download the Free Admission/Free Transportation information (PDF).



Cash, checks, and credit cards are accepted. Group payment is due upon arrival. Museum discount passes—such as 2-for-1 or Family passes—cannot be applied to groups with more than 10 people.




A bus-loading zone is located directly in front of the Museum on First Street. Bus parking is available on Alameda Street and Central Avenue. Parking for cars is available at nearby public parking lots for a nominal fee (average $4–$7 all day depending on the lot).

Public Transportation

The Museum is easily accessible by public transportation, including the Dash and Metro lines. Union Station is a 15-minute walk or a short ride on a Dash bus. Contact your local public transportation agency for bus routes, times, and fees:,

Free Transportation

Through the Bid for Education program, the Museum offers free transportation to schools and groups who can demonstrate financial need. Please download the Bid For Education document for more information and the application. To apply, please mail or fax the application at least two weeks prior to your visit.


Access for the Disabled

The Japanese American National Museum is fully accessible. Please notify the Education Unit of any special needs when you make your reservation.


To Avoid Crowds

The demand for group visits is typically very high January–June and our schedule is often fully booked several months in advance. If you plan to visit during this time of year, please make your reservations early and be aware that it may be difficult to accommodate large groups on specific dates. To have your choice of visit dates, we suggest scheduling your visit between July–December.



To insure that your group has a positive learning experience, adult chaperons must accompany all student groups (1st–12th grade) at all times. The Museum requires one adult (21 years or older) for every 10 students. Without the appropriate number of chaperons, school groups may not be admitted to the Museum. Special exhibitions/programs may require additional chaperons. When visiting the Museum Store, one adult chaperon is to accompany every five students.

It is the responsibility of teachers and adult chaperons to stay with their students and monitor their behavior. Download a Letter to Chaperons (PDF) for distribution to chaperons prior to your visit. Groups who are deemed to be disruptive by Museum Security or Visitor Services may be asked to leave the Museum.



To book your group visit reservations you must reserve online using the online reservation form. Note: All visits must be booked at least 3 weeks in advance.


Cancellations and Late Arrivals

Call 213.830.5601

Contact the Education Unit immediately if your group must cancel. If you cancel well in advance, your spot can be offered to another educator on our waiting list. If your group expects to be delayed, please call to inform us of your estimated arrival time. We may not be able to accommodate groups arriving more than 20 minutes late.


Prior to Your Visit

Before you arrive, please remind your group and chaperons about these important Museum Guidelines:

  • Food, drink (including water), and gum are not allowed.
  • Please use pencils in the galleries.
  • Personal belongings—including backpacks and bags—are not allowed in the exhibition areas and should be left at school or on the bus.
  • Videotaping and still-photography are not allowed in exhibition areas.
  • Visitors should not lean or sit on exhibition cases or platforms. Display cases and walls should not be used as writing surfaces.
  • Chaperons must remain with their students at all times while at the Museum.
  • There will be other groups and visitors in the Museum. Please be courteous at all times.
  • All students should arrive wearing nametags.

Finally, be sure that your students and chaperons know the purpose for their visit to the Japanese American National Museum and what your expectations are while they are here.


Once You Arrive

Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled visit time. Once you have arrived at the Museum, be prepared to:

  • Give staff at the front desk an accurate count of students and adults in your group
  • Provide a group payment
  • Instruct bus drivers to move to appropriate bus parking on either Central Avenue or Alameda Street
  • Divide your students and chaperons into smaller groups as directed by the Museum’s docents or staff


Questions or Concerns

If you have any questions or specific concerns regarding your visit to the Museum, please contact The Museum’s staff will be happy to help you arrange your visit logistics. Our goal is for you and your students to have a rewarding and educational visit.



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