Museum Exhibits

Fred Korematsu’s story is featured in the permanent and temporary exhibits of the museums listed below . We are working with additional museums across the country to include Korematsu’s inspiring story.

Current Exhibits


Photo by Claudia Leung
Oakland Museum of California
Oakland, CA

October 10, 2012 – December 9, 2012.On view in the Museum’s Great Hall is the exhibition “Forgotten Stories, Remarkable Lives: Días de los Muertos 2012,” features stories about everyday Californians—from political activists to migrant braceros to former slaves—who’ve made a difference. In addition to individual artists’ altars, the exhibition features community altars by OMCA docents and students from Tennyson High School (Hayward) and Melrose Leadership Academy (Oakland).

Permanent Exhibits


Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery
Washington DC

On February 2, 2012, Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery formally unveiled two original 1940s-era photographs of Fred Korematsu that had been gifted to the museum by the Korematsu family. The photos are featured in the Gallery’s permanent civil rights exhibit, The Struggle for Justice. Mr. Korematsu is the first Asian American featured in the exhibit.
Heart Mountain Interpretive Learning Center
Powell, WY 

In 2011, the Heart Mountain Interpretive Learning Center opened at the site of the Heart Mountain internment camp. Exhibits include a section on the U.S. Supreme Court cases of Fred Korematsu, Mitsuye Endo, Gordon Hirabayashi and Min Yasui.
Japanese American Museum of San Jose
San Jose, CA

In 2010, JAMsj re-opened with additional exhibits, including a section specifically focused on internment resisters Fred Korematsu, Mitsuye Endo, Gordon Hirabayashi, Min Yasui and the Heart Mountain draft resisters.

Photo by Sarah Gepigon
Manzanar Interpretive Center
at the Manzanar National Historic Site
Independence, CA

Opened in 2004.
  Japanese American National Museum
Los Angeles, CA

Opened in 1992.

Past Exhibits


Photo courtesy of Karen Korematsu and the Korematsu Institute
Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History
Washington DC

“A More Perfect Union” exhibit. More information coming soon.


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