Manzanar Visitor Center’s Summer Hours

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A new welcome sign at Manzanar National Historic Site's Visitor Center in June 2013. (National Park Service)

A new welcome sign at Manzanar National Historic Site’s Visitor Center in June 2013. (National Park Service)

INDEPENDENCE — Effective April 1, the Manzanar National Historic Site Visitor Center is resuming summer hours of 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily through Oct. 31.

“We are pleased to be able to extend our hours,” Acting Superintendent Colin Smith said. “With a return to pre-sequestration funding levels for 2014, we will be able to serve more visitors by staying open an hour later each day.”

The Visitor Center features 8,000 square feet of exhibits and an award-winning introductory film, as well as a bookstore operated by the non-profit Manzanar History Association. A restored World War II mess hall nearby offers exhibits on the logistics and politics of food in Manzanar. Exhibits are currently being developed for two reconstructed barracks.

A self-guided auto tour is available during daylight hours. Visitors may also explore the site on foot. Information on group tour reservations is available online at www.nps.gov/manz/planyourvisit/reservations.htm or by calling (760) 878-2194, ext. 3333.

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