Between 1942 and 1945, almost 11,000 Japanese-Americans were forced to live in barracks here—part of the U.S.’s dark chapter on WWII Japanese internment camps. This engaging and sobering interpretive center walks you through that era with historic photos, original writings, newspaper and film clips, and artifacts from the camp. Home movies of forced removals in the aftermath of Pearl Harbor and video interviews with survivors breathe life into the past, and you can walk inside a reconstructed barracks building to imagine life in such cramped quarters. Heart Mountain is one of only a handful of internment camps now open to the public and a potent reminder of the dangers of racism and xenophobia.