Under A Mushroom Cloud

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*museum closed on Mondays, open 12-8 pm on Thursdays* Under A Mushroom Cloud: Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and the Atomic Bomb, a traveling exhibition organized by the two affected Japanese cities, will be installed at Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo, beginning on November 9, 2019 and running until June 7, 2020. The traveling exhibition, which helps to mark the upcoming 75th Anniversary next year of the atomic bombings, was conceived and prepared by the only two cities in the world ever to be subjected to nuclear bombs in 1945: Hiroshima on August 6, and Nagasaki on August 9. Over 200,000 people died immediately or by the end of the year and both cities were structurally ruined. The aftereffects of the radiation on the survivors have continued until this day, yet both cities rebuilt rather than abandon their historic sites. Under A Mushroom Cloud features the damaged possessions left by the victims. Hiroshima and Nagasaki collected and preserved these artifacts, including clothing and other personal items. The exhibition is composed of photo panels and text panels that detail the histories of the cities, the development of the two bombs, their detonations, and the immediate aftermath for the survivors, known in Japan as hibakusha, of both cities. Besides the artifacts, the exhibition will feature origami cranes folded by President Obama and Sadako Sasaki.


  • Sat, Nov 9, 2019 — Sun, Jun 7, 2020
  • 11:00 am — 5:00 pm


Japanese American National Museum
100 N. Central Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

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