One Day at Morikami

There’s so much to see at Morikami, and our ever-changing exhibits and gardens mean there’s always something new to see, too. We hope you’ll come to visit us again and again, but if you just have one day, here’s how to make the most of your time with us.


The mile-long path is also a trip through time; each garden represents a style unique to the 9th through the 20th centuries, from sprawling greenery to serene rock gardens. Check out our free tour of the museum and gardens on your phone. Of course, you can always choose to simply savor the natural soundtrack.

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At Morikami’s original museum, the Yamato-kan – situated on its own island, discover the origins of the Yamato Colony and our garden designer by viewing each of the two video installations.  Learn more about Japanese culture by enjoying the rotating exhibits on display.

Also – don’t miss the newly renovated Dr. Ron and Arlene Kessler Bonsai Walk exhibition showcasing bonsai of varied styles and ages. Near the end of the bonsai exhibit, you’ll also find a koi area and turtle island.


If you’ve worked up an appetite or just want to take in the panoramic garden view and a cold drink, make your way to the terrace seating at our Cornell Café. Chef Fu Chen serves up pan-Asian cuisine and seasonal specialties that delight regulars and newcomers alike.


Enjoy viewing and learning about the parts of our Seishin-an tea house.

Time to unwind: on select Saturdays, witness the peace and quietude of a traditional Sado Japanese tea ceremony demonstration in our theater or experience a more in-depth experience including sipping matcha green tea and a bite of a Japanese sweet by registering for a Sado tea ceremony workshop.


Our rotating exhibits and 7,000+ piece permanent collection shed light on Japanese culture through Japanese artists and Japan-inspired work. View these diverse and exquisite pieces in our intimate gallery space.


Treasures abound at our Museum Store, from color-drenched Happi coats and Kimono, to quirky collectibles and stunning Japanese jewelry. Take some Morikami home with you, but do come back soon!

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