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The purpose of the Topaz Museum and Education Center is:
“To preserve the Topaz site and the history of the internment experience during World War II; to interpret its impact on the internees, their families, and the citizens of Millard County; and to educate the public in order to prevent a recurrence of a similar denial of American civil rights.”
The Topaz Museum in Delta, Utah is pleased to announce it has opened with an inaugural art exhibition, When Words Weren’t Enough: Works on paper from Topaz, 1942. Drawing from the museum’s permanent collection, the exhibition focuses on artists who contributed to the art and culture of the Topaz Internment Camp that confined people of Japanese descent during World War II. Through a remarkably varied selection of works, this exhibition showcases the talent of Japanese American artist such as Mine Okubo, Chiura Obata, Charles Erabu Suiko Mikami, and Setsu Nagata Kanehara.
Aside from the art exhibition, visitors may view replica barracks and meeting halls that demonstrate the extreme conditions internees were forced to live in. A collection of camp artifacts are also available for viewing.
The remainder of the permanent exhibits will be installed in 2017, after which we will reopen as a fully-functional museum.