A Unique Learning Environment
The Japanese American National Museum strives to educate and inspire, both onsite and virtually, by engaging our visitors in the stories that are central to our community’s history. Recognized with the 2020 California Superintendent Award for Excellence in Museum Education, JANM’s dynamic resources for learners of all ages bring the stories and lessons of the Japanese American experience to life.
Virtual visits use video conferencing technology to engage visitors and students in conversations surrounding JANM’s collections. These visits offer a new way to make sure that the important lessons of history are not forgotten.
Featured Education Resources
How to Fold an Origami Kaeru (Frog)
Follow along with this video to learn how to make an origami frog.
Be a History Detective
Students uncover the complex history of a canvas bag from WWII, then become history detectives themselves.
Exploring America’s Concentration Camps
Photographs, letters, artwork, oral histories, and moving images from our permanent collection share stories from all ten of the WWII WRA camps.
Activities and resources for learners of all ages that make learning about the Japanese American experience engaging and exciting. Resources include printable offline activities, origami videos, web resources and lessons, printable curriculum, and more.
Explore the featured resources above, or visit our Education Resources page to see more.
Collaborating with educators to share the Japanese American experience with students is an important part of furthering our mission. JANM offers professional development workshops for classroom teachers and other educators.