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An American Story

This fully rebuilt, technology-enhanced signature exhibit focuses on the mass incarceration of Japanese Americans during WWII and explores how they responded to their forced removal and incarceration, ranging from quiet endurance to heroic valor to conscientious resistance. The exhibit also highlights Japanese Americans’ ongoing efforts to ensure no other groups experience similar civil rights violations.

All-new interactive displays, and never-before-exhibited artifacts from survivors supplement visitor favorites from the previous installation including a video introduction by George Takei and a replica barracks and guard tower. New features include a theater experience and an AI-based component allowing visitors to hold virtual conversations with three incarceration survivors.

A grave injustice was done … motivated by prejudice, wartime hysteria, and a failure of political leadership.
Civil Liberties Act of 1988
We came back to nothing, or we had nothing to come back to.
Kiyo Sato
Poston; U.S. Air Force, Korea
We have a legitimate right to say, ‘No, we will not serve the country until we are given our freedom.’
Lawson Sakai
442nd Regimental Combat Team; on the stance of men who declined to serve in the military
A museum docent leads a school tour.
Time of Remembrance Programs
Experience life in a recreated WWII camp on a specialized field trip tour of the exhibit led by a formerly incarcerated docent.
A video plays in a small theater.
Oral Histories
Preview the exhibit’s oral history kiosks documenting the personal stories of Japanese Americans incarcerated during WWII.
A drawing of a paper crane.
Origami Crane
Learn how to fold an origami crane.
The California Museum's Anthem award sculpture.
2024 Anthem Award-Winner

Uprooted was recognized with a bronze Anthem Award in the category of special projects created to raise awareness for an education, art, & culture cause.

Learn more about the award here.