Be part of our community—a community that cherishes the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial and the vital lessons it embodies.

The Visitor Center marks the crowning achievement of over two decades of unwavering grassroots support for a project that attracts visitors from across the globe. It’s a place where we come together to pay tribute to survivors and ensure that history never repeats itself.

Your support is crucial in our ongoing capital campaign to construct an exceptional visitor center.

This center will enrich the experience for all who come to learn this powerful story and its profound relevance to today’s world.

The Visitor Center Project

  • 1,545 square foot sheltered gathering space with adjacent restrooms
  • Paved plaza and amphitheater, improved accessibility
  • Design by renowned architect Johnpaul Jones of Jones and Jones Architects of Seattle
  • Flexible indoor seating for up to 75
  • Audio/video equipment and Internet to support educational activities
  • Interpretive exhibits and display of historic artifacts
  • Office space for National Park Service and BIJAEMA staff


  • 10,000+ walk-in visitors annually
  • 50+ private tours, 1,500+ tour participants annually
  • Public commemoration on March 30th
  • Day of Remembrance community clean-up day on February 19th
  • National Park Service ranger greeting, Q&A, and Junior Ranger Program
  • Future educational content and workshops at the new Visitor Center

Remember Them…

Honor their sacrifice. Honor their resilience.
BIJAEMA is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. Tax ID: 26-3504475.

Thank you for your support.