Defining Courage Exhibition


We are pleased to announce the official reopening of the Defining Courage permanent exhibition. GFBNEC is also proud to present a new Medal of Honor display featuring the Medal of Honor, Distinguished Service Cross and Bronze Star medals of Pfc. Ryo “Joe” Hayashi (100th/442nd RCT). A special thank you to the Watanabe family for allowing GFBNEC the opportunity to share Joe’s story and his medals.


  • General Admission: $10
  • Seniors: $5 (62+ years)
  • Dual Admission (GFBNEC & JANM exhibitions – Saturdays & Sundays only): $20

Free Admission to Exhibition:

  • Children 5 and under
  • All veterans and active-duty military
  • Students (with valid ID)
  • GFBNEC members

Visiting the Go For Broke Monument is always free!

Health and Safety Guidelines:

GFBNEC adheres to all federal, state, and local public health regulations and guidelines.

In addition:

  • Face coverings are strongly recommended when indoors, regardless of vaccination status, except for children age two and younger.
  • Maintain a physical distance with people outside your group of at least 6 ft.
  • Stay home if you are feeling unwell or have been exposed to Covid-19. Visitors displaying Covid-19 symptoms will not be allowed in the center.


Monday – Friday: CLOSED
Saturday: 11:30AM – 5 PM
Sunday: 11:30AM – 5 PM

Final visitor admissions are accepted 30 minutes before closing.

CLOSED: Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day


Located in historic Little Tokyo in downtown Los Angeles, the Defining Courage exhibition is located at 355 E. 1st Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012, near the cross streets of Central Avenue and 1st Street.

The Go For Broke Monument is located at 160 N. Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012, near the cross streets of Temple and Alameda.

Click here or the map below for driving directions

Public Transportation:


The Metro Gold Line Little Tokyo/Arts District Station is permanently closed due to the Metro Regional Connector project.  A free bus shuttle is currently available from Union Station, Little Tokyo/Arts District and Pico/Aliso stations in both directions.


In downtown Los Angeles? Take the DASH bus: Click here for more information.


Public parking lots are located at the following:

Japanese Village Plaza:
35 E. 2nd St., Los Angeles, CA 90012

Aiso Parking Lot:
101 Judge John Aiso St., Los Angeles, CA 90012

LA City Lot 2:
(weekdays and cash only) 300 E. Temple St,, Los Angeles, CA 90012

GFBNEC does not reimburse or validate for parking.

School Groups

Due to COVID-19, we are currently not accepting reservations for school group visits. We hope to resume student programming when it is safe to do so.

Email if you would like to be notified with updates.

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