Heart Mountain Interpretive Center

Powell, Wyoming

This 10,980 sf interpretive learning center on the former site of the Heart Mountain Japanese Internment Camp, tells the local story of Japanese-Americans based on economic jealousy, social injustice, racism, and war hysteria. Special emphasis was given to the U.S. Constitution, civil liberties, rights and ethics awareness. After Pearl Harbor, our U.S. government transported approximately 14,000 Japanese-Americans citizens to Heart Mountain to live in a barbed wire compound. The museum, partially funded by a National Parks Service grant, represents pre-camp life, camp life, and post camp life with a special emphasis on “Will this happen again?!” Spaces include a video theater, rotating exhibit space, archive library, gift shop, and curatorial space.