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The Japanese American National Museum Offers Free Weekday Admission for LAUSD Students During Staff and Teacher Strike

LOS ANGELES, CA – Beginning today, Tuesday, March 21, 2023, the Japanese American National Museum (JANM) will offer free weekday admission to all Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) students and their chaperones for the duration of the LAUSD staff and teacher strike. During the week, JANM is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 11 a.m.–5 p.m., and Thursdays from 12 p.m.–8 p.m. The Museum is closed on Mondays. Final admissions are made thirty minutes prior to closing. 

Free admission to JANM will provide affected students, their parents, or other chaperones a no-cost educational and enriching place to visit while their school experience is impacted. Students and chaperones will be able to view current exhibitions at their leisure; guided tours will not be provided as part of the offer. 

JANM requests that there be at least one adult for every ten students visiting together as a group. For safety reasons and occupancy limits, and to ensure the best experience for all visitors, it’s recommended that groups of more than ten individuals make a reservation by emailing or calling 213.830.5601.

Exhibitions currently on view at JANM are:

Don’t Fence Me In: Coming of Age in America’s Concentration Camps

Through October 1, 2023

Discover how Japanese American youth asserted their place as young Americans confronting unjust imprisonment through photographs, personal stories, and artifacts from camping trips, social dances, sports leagues, and more.

Common Ground: The Heart of Community 


Incorporating hundreds of objects, documents and photographs collected by JANM, this exhibition chronicles 130 years of Japanese American history, from the early days of the Issei pioneers through the World War II incarceration to the present.


About the Japanese American National Museum (JANM)

Established in 1985, JANM promotes understanding and appreciation of America’s ethnic and cultural diversity by sharing the Japanese American experience. Located in the historic Little Tokyo district of downtown Los Angeles, JANM is a hybrid institution that straddles traditional museum categories and strives to provide a voice for Japanese Americans as well as a forum that enables all people to explore their own heritage and culture. Since opening to the public in 1992, JANM has presented over 70 exhibitions onsite while traveling 17 exhibits to venues such as the Smithsonian Institution and the Ellis Island Museum in the United States, and to several leading cultural museums in Japan and South America. JANM is open on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday–Sunday from 11 a.m.–5 p.m. and on Thursday from 12 p.m.–8 p.m. JANM is free every third Thursday of the month. On all other Thursdays, JANM is free from 5 p.m.–8 p.m. For more information, visit or follow us on social media @jamuseum.