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Museum Day Part 2

I’ve already posted about going to the Japanese American Nation Museum on ‘Free Museum Day’ but my partner-in-crime and I found ourselves up to a few more shenanigans that day…

Walking around, we found ourselves outside of the Chinese American Museum. We only had a few minutes inside before it closed but it was enough to see that we needed more time. I want to go back as soon as I can!

Japanese American National Museum

At the end of January I met up with one of my favorite partners-in-crime in Little Tokyo to take advantage of Free Museum Day and visit the Japanese American National Museum. Little Tokyo was beautiful and I didn’t get enough time to explore. (I’ll have to go back soon!)

Right now the Japanese American National Museum has a special display on temporary exhibition called Only the Oaks Remain: the Story of Tuna Canyon Detention Station. Have you ever heard of Tuna Canyon? Did you know there was a “detention station” in Los Angeles during WW2? I love learning history and I grew up in the area, but this was all new info to me… We can both go to TunaCanyon.org to learn more.

Large display boards list the names of over 2,000 people who “passed through” Tuna Canyon.

The following facts were posted among the artifacts:

America’s Concentration Camps

When the last American Concentration Camp closed in 1946…

  • 120,313 Japanese Americans had been incarcerated
  • 4 were killed by U.S. Army soldiers
  • 1,862 died while in camp
  • 2,355 left camp for the Armed Forces
  • 4,724 were deported to Japan

It is not possible to make an accurate calculation of the value of property and potential income lost by the inmates. Estimates range from millions to many billions of dollars.

When the government finally had to move out the last inmates, primarily the elderly and the destitute, they were given $25 and a train or bus ticket.

Most chose to return to the West Coast, where they often found situations even more difficult than life in the camp.

I am terrible at selfies.

The Adamson House

If you ever have the chance to visit the Adamson House in Malibu I highly recommend it. Not only are the coastal views gorgeous, the house itself is stunning. The history of the house and family is fascinating, but it is the use of Malibu Potteries tile that gives the house its ‘historic landmark’ status.

A word of warning to those who use mobility devices: part of the garden tour won’t be accessible to you. The gift shop won’t be a accessible to you. The entirety of the second floor of the Adamson House won’t be accessible to you. You might not be even be able to enter the Adamson House at all, depending on your tour guide. Our assigned tour guide was okay with abandoning me, my walker, and my friend in her wheelchair outside the house with no advice when the tour group went inside. (Really… we asked, he just shrugged.) Thankfully a very sweet museum docent saw us wandering the perimeter of the house looking very lost and took it upon herself to take us to a different entrance with a ramp. We ended up getting a private tour of the first floor of the house, the amazing pool, and the museum. I’m so glad someone took it upon themselves to make sure that we were able to enjoy as much of the house and grounds as possible, it was truly an experience not to be missed.

Wells Fargo History Museum

I’ve been wanting to visit the Wells Fargo History Museum in downtown Los Angeles for a while now, and Monday I finally made it happen. (Thanks Susan!)



Griffith Park

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