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Have a stake in our future – support Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens. Your contributions support exhibits, educational programs, lectures and demonstrations, and specialized training and maintenance of our Japanese gardens. Help us fulfill our mission by making an investment in our work.

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Questions about supporting us?

  • If you are interested in making a donation or you need additional information please call (561) 233-1347.
  • For donations of art or artifacts please contact our Chief Curator, Tamara Joy, at (561) 233-1346.
  • For donations of garden resources (such as koi, bonsai or other plants) please contact Heather Grzybek at (561) 495-0258.
  • If you are interested in becoming a member contact the Membership Office at (561) 233-1315.

The Annual Fund at Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens provides a vital source of unrestricted income to support every facet of museum activity, from our educational programs, onsite and at schools, to maintaining and expanding the museum’s collection, to presenting diverse and thought-provoking exhibitions and lecture programs of the highest quality. When you make a gift of any size you are providing invaluable support for promoting Japanese culture and for the conservation, protection and presentation of Japanese art. What your 100% tax-deductible dollars support:

  • Education: Our educational programs teach not only about the history, art and lifestyle of Japan, they also highlight the contributions and heritage of early immigrants to South Florida, and encourage children to seek similarities, as opposed to differences, in all foreign cultures.
  • Exhibitions: We are the only museum in the nation devoted specifically to the arts and humanities of Japan, we strive to present innovative exhibits that further understanding and appreciation of all aspects of Japanese art and culture.
  • Acquisitions: Morikami’s collections committee seeks additional funding to supplement our permanent collection of over 7,000 examples of Japanese fine art, crafts and objects of daily life.
  • Conservation: Specialists from around the nation help us conserve and repair our valued collection.  Your support of this crucial work will ensure our artifacts receive the care and attention they need.
  • Cultivation: Our specially designed Japanese gardens serve as the background for our colorful festivals attended by tens of thousands of visitors yearly, while also providing healing environments utilized by thousands including those in the wounded warrior program. While there are hundreds of Japanese Gardens in North America, Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens ranks among the top.

Gifts in Honor / Memory

Celebrate a loved one with a gift to Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens. You can recognize a loved one while supporting the collections, exhibitions, and educational programs of Morikami. Your contribution will be acknowledged with a gift card informing the person being honored of your generosity and commitment, or if you wish to remember someone who appreciated Morikami during their lifetime with a memorial gift , your contribution will be acknowledged with a personal gift card to the family or friends you designate. For details, please contact Heather Williams at 561-233-1315.

Naming Opportunities

Helping to support the gardens, developing more cultural programs, and improving the life of our community is made easy through our naming opportunities. You can honor a loved one by naming a space ( like the theater, main gallery or the lobby), a spot in the garden (such as our front entrance garden, a bridge, gate, lantern, or bench) or even an event, festival or performance. For details, please contact Alanna Keating at 561-233-1304.

Planned Giving

Planned gifts are an important part of Morikami’s development program. Over the years, bequests of all sizes have played an important role in the growth of Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens. Without George Sukeji Morikami’s vision and the gift of land, Morikami and its wonderful contribution to our community would not exist. Another significant bequest came from George D. and Harriett W. Cornell, for whom our renowned gardens and café are named. You can also help ensure that future generations are able to experience Morikami through a planned gift. For details, please contact Bonnie LeMay at 561-233-1347.

Corporate Giving

Corporations have a long tradition of investing in their local community by supporting the arts. We recognize that economic changes have caused companies to seek multi-faceted partnerships that benefit the community and help market their products or services to a specific audience. Strategic philanthropy is at the heart of the Museum’s corporate partner program. We work closely with our sponsors to build partnerships that provide valuable benefits to the community and increase a company’s visibility with key constituents. Our visitors represent a range of diverse and passionate groups that participate in Morikami’s varied year-round events. Let us build a sponsorship package to meet your specific demographic focus, and we will enthusiastically carry your message to the audience that suits you best.

We work closely with our sponsors to build partnerships that provide valuable benefits to the community and increase a company’s visibility with key constituents.
Exposure opportunities:

  • Three public festivals (January, April and October) with a combined audience of 25,000 people.
  • Rotating and permanent exhibits with diverse and thought provoking themes, attracting some 165,000 visitors each year.
  • Lectures featuring world-renowned presenters, partially funded by The National Endowment for the Humanities
  • Concerts and special performances that feature artists from the U.S. and Japan.
  • Youth programs enriching the lives of 8,500 children each year (excluding festival attendance).


In return for providing critical annual support of our programs that serve diverse sections of the community, companies can enjoy many advantages including invitations to VIP events, use of the museum for corporate hospitality, discounts and, most importantly, visibility. For additional information or to discuss a customized campaign for your company, please contact: Bonnie LeMay at 561-233-1347.

We are proud to recognize some of our valued partners:

Thank you to our past sponsors for allowing us to continue to grow!

  • American Express
  • Anne Namba Designs, Inc.
  • Bank of America
  • Bellsouth Corporation
  • Bloomingdales
  • Cartier
  • Clear Channel
  • Crown Wine and Spirits
  • Daimatsu Inc.
  • Delray Subaru
  • ExxonMobil Corporation
  • Fidelty Federal
  • Fidelty Investments
  • Fox29 WFLX
  • Gordon Homes
  • H.J. Heinz
  • Johnson and Johnson
  • Kool 105.5
  • Mahoney Homes, Inc
  • Metro PCS
  • Neiman Marcus
  • Palm Beach Post
  • Sanrio Inc.
  • Sanwa Trading
  • Searcy, Denney, Scarola, Barnhart & Shipley, P.A.
  • Sogetsu Ikebana Florida Branch
  • Southern Wines and Spirits
  • Sunny 104.3
  • Suntory Inc.
  • The Sun Sentinel
  • Toshiba International Foundation
  • United Airlines
  • U.S. Trust
  • Wachovia Bank, N.A.
  • Weiner, Lynne & Thompson, P.A.
  • Wild 95.5
  • Williams Financial Services
  • WXEL
  • Yoshino Architects

Donate a Gift to the Collection

Thank you for your interest in donating items to the permanent collection of the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens.  Morikami collects art and artifacts related to Japanese and Japanese-American history and culture.

In order to consider your donation, please send a letter or e-mail to Tamara Joy  or call 561-233-1346 with as much of the following information that you can provide:

  • A photograph of the work, or digital image if you are contacting the museum by e-mail (include multiple views and details if possible)
  • The artist (if known)
  • The country of origin
  • The date produced
  • The medium and dimensions (height x width x depth)
  • The object’s history (where/from whom did you acquire it or any previous owners that are known)

Please note that:

  • Not all items considered for donation to the collection can be accepted.
  • Objects brought to the museum without making a prior appointment with the curatorial staff cannot be accepted by the admission staff and/or other personnel.
  • The museum staff cannot provide authentication or appraisals of artwork or artifacts. For appraisal questions, please visit the American Society of Appraisers website or call ASA at 800-272-8258.
  • In order to qualify for year-end tax deduction, gifts/donations must be received by December 15th of that year.

Interested in further expanding our collection?  Learn how Wisdom Ring Members help to enhance our Collection annually.

Donate to the Theater

Dear Friends of Morikami,

After 14 years and over 4,000 days of service, the Morikami Theater needs a technical overhaul; our 224-seat theater needs you! By upgrading to cutting-edge sound, lighting and projection equipment, as well as enhanced multi-lingual digital listening and viewing devices, not only will we be able to provide a first class viewing experience for our audience, especially those with special needs, but we will also be able to provide creative, new, year-round programming. With your support we can bring the Morikami Theater into the 21st century!

Our goal is to raise $250,000. This funding will come from a variety of sources, but we need your help to meet our goal—being kicked off by our first-ever online funding drive and fundraising event!


Our Vision

By transforming the Morikami theater into a more functional space, we will offer a number of new events, programs and experiences that will benefit our community, as well as our visitors and members

Some of the programs we have in mind include:

  • The very first Japanese Film Festival in South Florida.
  • A new Morikami Film Series featuring:
    • First Friday Films: A series of year-round monthly film presentations presented the first Friday of every month, with accompanying special guest speakers and discussions
    • Saturday Morning Kids: A seasonal series of films appropriate for a younger audience presented on the second Saturday of each month during May, June, July and August
  • Expanded Musical, Dance and Dramatic performances, including our ever-popular taiko presentations
  • Corporate gatherings including on-stage panel discussions and global economic and educational forums, as well as cultural panels and meetings
  • Live Programming from Japan including the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Japanese baseball, special festivals, and remote feeds from classrooms, conferences and lectures in Japan
  • Expanded Distinguished Speaker Series in conjunction with our Education and Curatorial department

Your Support

Gifts at all levels will play an important role in underwriting this project, but we are offering special incentives for those interested in playing a larger role. Some of the benefits include:

  • Personalized Plaques on theater seats that can be named after you or another of your choosing
  • VIP Invitations to the Red Carpet Opening of the new Morikami Theater
  • Morikami memberships and merchandise
  • Recognition of your gift on our website, and more!

There is much to do, and we are excited to work with all of you. Thank you for your support of Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, and for playing a pivotal role in supporting our Morikami Theater!