There’s so much to see at Morikami, and our ever-changing exhibits and gardens means there’s always something new to see, too. We hope you’ll come visit us again and again, but if you just have one day, here’s how to make the most of your time with us.
Pick up an audio tour ($5 rental at the Museum Store) to guide you through our six authentic Japanese gardens, or check out our free tour of the museum and gardens for your smartphones. Of course, you can always choose to simply savor the natural soundtrack. 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.
At Morikami’s original museum, the Yamato-kan – situated on its own island, discover the origins of the Yamato Colony at the building’s permanent exhibit. 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 feeding 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.
Time to unwind: on select Saturdays, witness the peace and quietude of a traditional Japanese tea ceremony at the Seishin-an tea house. Seal the experience with a sip of green tea and bite of a Japanese sweet.
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!