Address
4000 Morikami Park Road
Delray Beach, FL 33446
phone: 561-495-0233
fax: 561-499-2557
e-mail: morikami@pbcgov.org
web: www.morikami.org
Hours
Sunday, Tuesday - Saturday10 AM - 5 PM
Mondayclosed
Closed New Year's Day, Easter Sunday, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day
Admissions
Adults $14 inclusive of tax Seniors $13 inclusive of tax Children 6 - 17 years $9 inclusive of tax Students with I. D. $11 inclusive of tax
Adults: $14
Seniors: $13
Members: free
Students (): $11
Children (6-17): $9
Services
Gift Shop
Online Gift Shop
Special Event Rental
Cafe/Restaurant
Group Tours
Staff
Bonnie White LeMay, Museum Director
phone: 561-495-0233 x220
Sallie Chisholm, Museum Store Manager
phone: 561-495-0233 x204
Beth Kawazura, School Program Specialist
phone: 561-495-0233 x218
Kizzy Sanchez, Director of Marketing and Events
phone: 561-495-0233 x226
Heather Gryzbek, Resource Development Supervisor
Don Blackman, Controller
Tamara Joy, Chief Curator & Cultural Director
Wendy Lo, Curator of Education

Description

Discover the legacy of a unique chapter in Florida's history -- that of the pioneering Yamato Colony of Japanese settlers -- at Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens. View changing exhibitions of Japanese art and culture, admire miniaturized potted trees called bonsai, and stroll a nearly mile-long path through Japanese landscaping that features rock arrangements, manicured plants, waterfalls, and ponds in garden sites representing the evolution of garden design over a thousand years of Japanese history.

Mission

Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens is a permanent institution that collects, preserves, exhibits, and interprets for purposes of study, education, and enjoyment objects relating to Japanese culture and the Japanese-American experience. Morikami presents programs and events of an educational and cultural nature intended to entertain and enrich the lives of broad and diverse segments of the public. Morikami endeavors to promote tolerance and sensitivity in order to form bridges across cultures. Our mission is to provide authentic Japanese cultural experiences that entertain, educate, and inspire.

History

The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens traces its heritage to the historic Yamato Colony of Japanese settlers that existed in Palm Beach County a hundred years ago. One of the colony's recruits was Sukeji "George" Morikami, a penniless immigrant who later achieved success in agriculture and business. In 1974, Morikami gave land that he had acquired over his lifetime to Palm Beach County to develop as a park for the people of his adopted country, out of gratitude for the opportunities he had found here. The original museum building, the Yamato-kan, opened in 1977. A second museum building opened in 1993 and Roji-en, the Japanese garden, opened in 2001.

Permanent Exhibitions

The Morikami’s original museum, the Yamato-kan, houses two permanent exhibitions. The Yamato Colony: Pioneering Japanese in Florida presents the history of this daring agriculture experiment that brought George Morikami to the Sunshine State. Japan Through the Eyes of a Child transports young visitors to Japan, allowing them to step into the world of Japanese culture.

Artifacts Collections

The collections of the Morikami Museum focus on objects that help generate an understanding of the culture of Japan, particularly the period during which the Yamato, Florida colonists and the museum’s namesake, George Morikami, lived, i.e. mid-19th to late 20th centuries. Central to the collections are Japanese articles of daily life dating from the Meiji Period (1868-1912) to the present, including fine arts and folk arts from the same and earlier periods.

Educational Programs

The Morikami Museum offers a variety of educational programs for all ages. Providing informative and unique experiences in learning Japanese culture through classes, workshops, lectures, family programs, cultural demonstrations, and educational outreach. In addition, gallery talks, discussions, videos and film showings are held in conjunction with the lecture series and exhibits, enhancing and adding a new dimension to the educational programming.

    Facilities

    Auditoriums

    Governance

    County

    Library

    The museum’s (non-lending) Donald B. Gordon Library houses 7,000 volumes on all topics Japanese.

    Access: General Public, Members

    Appointment required: No

    ADA

    Wheelchair Accessible

    Parking

    Restrooms

    Services

    Gift Shop

    Online Gift Shop

    Special Event Rental

    Restaurant

    Group Tours