Manzanar Visitor Center exhibits

The Manzanar National Historic Site Visitor Center returned to its usual summer hours of 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily on June 1.

“I am happy to announce extended hours,” said Superintendent Bernadette Johnson. “We are continuing to experience record visitation. In May, we had over 10,000 visitors, which included many school groups.”

In addition, screenings of the award-winning film “Remembering Manzanar” show every 30 mins.

The center features 8,000 square feet of exhibits as well as a bookstore operated by the nonprofit Manzanar History Assn. Nearby, the barracks and mess hall in Block 14 are open from 9 a.m.-5:15 p.m. daily. The site itself is open from sunrise to sunset.

The award-winning barracks exhibits feature extensive photos, documents and quotes illustrating the challenges and changes people faced at Manzanar. Visitors can drive a three-mile self-guided tour or explore on foot to see a number of gardens and ponds built by Japanese Americans to beautify the dusty ground around their barracks and mess halls. Visitors can also explore century-old orchards from the pre-war town of Manzanar.

Manzanar National Historic Site is located at 5001 Hwy. 395, six miles south of Independence, Calif. Admission is free.

For further information, please call (760) 878-2194, ext. 3310 or visit the website at www.nps.gov/manz.