Japanese American Museum of San Jose

The museum chronicles the history of Japanese Americans and stimulates present day discussions on civil liberties, discrimination, American identity and U.S. citizenship.

Member since Sep 2012

Mission Statement

To collect, preserve and share Japanese American art, history and culture with a focus on the Greater Bay Area.


The Japanese American Museum of San Jose (JAMsj) is a participating organization in Discover Nikkei to preserve and share Japanese American heritage and educate others about the Japanese American experience and its relevance to today. Museum exhibits (permanent and rotating) include: early community life in San Jose’s Japantown, World War II incarceration including a replica of a barracks room, contributions to the war effort, post-camp resettlement, and a unique agricultural exhibit including vintage agricultural equipment.


535 N. Fifth Street
San Jose, CA 95112

Web: http://www.jamsj.org/
Email: mail@jamsj.org
Phone: (408) 294-3138


The museum's vintage agricultural equipment collection

A replica of an original barracks room prompts emotional reflections.

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