Presently open for viewing, "Exquisite Art Under Adverse Conditions: From The Japanese American Incarceration Camps: 1942-1945," is the extensively remodeled and enhanced section of the museum dedicated to the art and craft created by many artisans who were forcibly held in the camps during World War II. This major art exhibit captures the artistic essence of the forced mass removal and incarceration of some 120,000 people of Japanese descent from 1942 through 1945. Using natural material from the 10 desolate incarceration camps, the art work comes alive in a very naturalistic way reflecting the Art of Gaman, to endure the seemingly unbearable with patience and dignity.
Visit our exhibit page, "Exquisite Art Under Adverse Conditions: From The Japanese American Incarceration Camps: 1942-1945," for more information.
Sharing the Story
Step into the past and help us honor our community's stories of sacrifice, hardship and resilience. We invite you to come and engage with the firsthand experiences of Japanese Americans who experienced the racial tension and hysteria of WWII.
Exquisite Art Under Adverse Conditions
"Exquisite Art Under Adverse Conditions: From The Japanese American Incarceration Camps: 1942-1945," is the extensively remodeled and enhanced section of the museum dedicated to the art and craft created by many artisans who were forcibly held in the camps during World War II.
The Barracks Room
The Barracks Room is an accurate recreation of a family’s living quarters at the Tule Lake camp.
Sports in the Japanese American Community
Sports have always played an integral role in the Japanese American community. Sumo, kendo, judo, Asahi baseball and Zebras basketball were all very popular pre-war sports.
Post World War II: Resettlement
Personal recollections of Japanese Americans returning to the Santa Clara Valley after their release from the camps.
World War II: Military Intelligence Service (MIS)
Second generation Japanese American men and women served in the MIS during World War II and used their language skills in the Pacific theater as translators and POW interrogators.
100th Infantry Battalion and 442nd Regimental Combat Team (RCT)
The 442nd Regimental Combat Team became the most decorated unit in United States military history. The unit was composed of Hawaiian Japanese Americans as well as volunteers and draftees from the internment camps.
World War II: Assembly Centers and Internment Camps Exhibit
During WWII some 120,000 Japanese Americans were forcibly removed and incarcerated. They were placed into temporary "Assembly Centers" then desolate camps in the interior of the United States.
Pioneers of San Jose Japantown
Starting in 1890, Issei (first generation) came to the Santa Clara Valley in search of work. In 1900, Japanese Americans established Japantown, a place for them to meet their social, cultural and economic needs in a society hostile to their presence.
Agricultural Exhibit - Yesterday's Farmer: Planting an American Dream
In the early 1900s, Japanese immigrant families utilized specialized farming techniques to produce high yields of flowers, fruits and vegetables. Learn about these techniques by viewing the farming equipment that they employed.