Photo Policy & FAQs

Photo Policy

Personal photography is permitted in the gardens during regular operating hours, and we encourage guests to share their experiences on social media using #morikami. Photographers may only carry a small hand-held camera. Additional photography equipment, props, and wardrobe changes are not permitted. Areas or pathways within the gardens may not be obstructed or closed off to other visitors.

All private/commercial photography sessions must be scheduled in advance with our Facility Rental Department.

Frequently Asked Questions

Pets are not allowed on Morikami grounds. However, we comply with all ADA requirements and accept service animals as defined by the ADA. Service animals are defined as dogs or miniature horses that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities. Emotional support, therapy, comfort, or companion animals are not allowed as they are not classified as service animals by the ADA.
Tickets are valid for the date of purchase only. The price of admission cannot be exchanged for a refund or rain check due to inclement weather, personal time constraints, or periodic closures of the museum or gardens clearly stated before purchasing admission.
Absolutely! Your admission ticket is valid for the date of purchase, and you will receive a wristband that allows you to reenter the museum and gardens until 4:30pm.
While everyone’s pace is different, we suggest giving yourself about three hours to see everything.
We offer discounts on daily admission for seniors, students, military personnel—both active and retired—and groups. Details can be found on our Hours & Admission page. And of course, daily admission for members is free, with a 10% discount at the Cornell Café and the Museum Store.
Morikami is wheelchair accessible, however wheelchairs are not provided. For more information on accessibility and special assistance, please visit our Hours & Admission page.
To ensure the grounds are clean and litter free, we do not permit food of any kind in the gardens as it can attract unwanted animals. If you’re looking for lunch, or a quick bite, the Cornell Café offers a variety of pan-Asian treats to enjoy on our back terrace, and the Museum Store carries an array of Japanese sweets. Helpful hint: down the road from the Morikami, is Lake Biwa pavilion, with picnic tables, grills and even a playground that are available for your use at no charge. (Reservations are required through Palm Beach County for the large pavilion only) To reserve the large Lake Biwa Pavilion please call 561-966-6611 or contact
Yes, both the Museum Store and the Cornell Café sell bottled water. We also have filtered water fountains equipped with bottle filling stations for those who want to bring their own refillable bottles. They are located in the lobby and in the hallway behind the Cornell Café.
No. The Cornell Café is an amenity of the museum for paying guests and members.
Yes, we offer several volunteer opportunities. For information on volunteering visit our Volunteer page.
We suggest comfortable shoes and casual attire suitable for a family friendly environment.
Yes. A full list of our family fun activities can be found in our Calendar of Events.
All of our tours are based on docent availability. You can rent an audio tour from the Museum Store, or download our mobile tour on your smart phone. School tours, and or, group tours can be scheduled in advance by visiting our Tours page.

Daily admission cannot be purchased online. Gift certificates are available, and can be purchased by phone at (561) 495-0233 or in person. Tickets to special events, as well as classes and memberships can all be purchased online. Gift memberships are also available.

The following items are prohibited and MAY NOT be brought onto the premises:

At Morikami, our top priority is visitor safety and providing a secure environment for our guests, employees, museum objects, and the gardens.  Please be advised that Morikami does reserve the right to check bags, and our security and museum staff have the right to disallow certain items at their discretion.  To ensure an authentic and safe visit for all, the following items are not permitted anywhere on our premises, including in the museum and gardens:

  • Advertising Materials: Any materials, items, or apparel constituting unauthorized advertising or promotion, including unapproved pamphlets, magazines, handouts, etc.
  • Alcohol
  • Amplified Music and Musical Instruments (Exception: For a pre-arranged event)
  • Animals (Exception: service animals)
  • Ashes / Urns
  • Artwork
  • Art supplies (Exception: Those that can be contained to your lap)
  • Balloons, beach balls, and other inflatables
  • Camera Equipment: No large bags or backpacks, extra lighting, reflective screens, umbrellas, gimbals, removable lenses, or tripods for use with a camera or a phone. (Exception: For a pre-arranged event)
  • Cigarettes, E-cigarettes, Vapes, and all other Tobacco Products
  • Confetti or glitter
  • Costumes that cover the entire face
  • Drones
  • Fireworks, missile-like objects, Frisbees, and any other form of projectiles
  • Flags, banners or signs
  • Flowers and plants (Exception: For a pre-arranged event)
  • Illegal Drugs
  • Lanterns
  • Laser Pointers & Laser Tag game equipment
  • Luggage on wheels (Exception: For a pre-arranged event)
  • Outfit changes (Exception: For a pre-arranged event)
  • Outside Food and Beverage Items
  • Picnic supplies (i.e., coolers, blankets, pop-up tents, BBQ, etc.)
  • Props
  • Skateboards, hoverboards, scooters, bicycles, rollerblades, wheel-heeled sneakers, or other personal recreational vehicles (Exception: ADA-required devices)
  • Signage of any kind
  • Sporting equipment of any kind
  • Tools of any kind (Screwdrivers, hammers, etc.)
  • Weapons of any kind (i.e., firearms, knives, ammunition, etc. | Regardless of permit)

The Morikami reserves the right to refuse entry to any visitor carrying these items or other items deemed inappropriate by museum personnel.

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