The WWII Japanese American Internment Museum opened in April 2013 and is housed in the renovated south building of the McGehee Railroad Depot.

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Visit us!

The museum is located at 100 South Railroad Street in McGehee, Arkansas. Hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. from November through mid-March.  From mid-March through October (during Daylight Saving Time), hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Sunday and Monday visits are also possible. Please contact the museum for details.) For additional information, please contact the museum directly during business hours at (870) 222-9168.

Voices of Rohwer

Voices of Rohwer


The museum occasionally hosts special exhibits, with the inaugural exhibit featuring thee artwork of Nancy Chikaraishi, associate professor of Architecture at Drury University (Springfield, MO).  Her parents were internees at Rohwer. Her solo exposition featured artwork of the Japanese American struggle in the camps. A short interview with the artist is posted here:

Museum Resources for Teachers

The next professional development workshop for teachers will be June 25, 2018 beginning at 9 a.m. (Registration at 8:30 a.m.).  These workshops are conducted by the World War II Japanese American Internment Museum in cooperation with McGehee Schools. Participants travel to the Rohwer Japanese American Relocation Center site for a more indepth understanding of the camp.

The museum also is developing a lending library of books about the Japanese American experience and would be happy to accept donations!

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