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Try our mobile-guided tour of Morikami on your smart phone! Enter morikami.org/tour or click below to discover exclusive Morikami content as you stroll the gardens. Enjoy audio and images on a tour that takes you from our Wisdom Ring, through our six, distinct gardens, to our world-recognized bonsai collection, and back inside to the Seishin-an Tea House and latest exhibits!
Groups of 15 or more can schedule a docent-led tour through the museum and gardens for a special rate. We ask that you schedule your tour at least a month in advance of your visit.
Tours can be customized according to your group’s preference, but our two most popular docent-led tour options are:
- An in-depth look at the current exhibits in the museum galleries and a tour of the museum’s Seishin-an Tea House as well as a brief introduction of the gardens, OR
- A 1 1/2 -hour walking tour through the entire garden.
You may also arrange a bento box lunch for your group at Morikami’s Cornell Café by calling 561-233-1366.
Take your students on a captivating journey to discover Japanese culture, art, gardens, food and more. Each tour option can be docent-led or self-guided, but must have a reservation. Reserve today at 561-233-1330 or fill out the Tour Interest Form at the bottom of the page.
During the School Year
- Gallery Tour (Recommended for Grades 9-12): Explore the treasures of our galleries. Exhibits rotate every three months. Click here to view the current exhibits.
- Combination Tour (Recommended for Grades 6-12): Students tour the current exhibit , the Seishin-an Tea House, the dry garden, and receive an overview of the Yamato Colony
- NEW Garden Safari (recommended for grades K-5): Explore the sights and sounds of Roji-en: Garden of the Drops of Dew while discovering key concepts and design elements of Japanese gardens.
- Roji-en: Gardens of the Drops of Dew (Recommended for Grades 6-12): Stroll through six Japanese gardens and delve into their history and unique design elements. From the playfulness of the Shinden Garden to the structured composition of the dry gardens and finally to the western influences in the Modern Romantic Garden. This 7/8th of a mile journey is available from October to May. For Teacher Resources related to this tour, please see the link below
- NEW Full STEAM Ahead (Recommended for Grades 3-5): This STEAM-based program encourages scientific and mathematical inquiry, exploration and teamwork as students learn about Japanese garden design. It is available from October to May. Click here to see if your school is eligible for financial support through our MORY program. For Teacher Resources related to this tour, please see the link below
- Availability: Tuesday through Friday at 10:15 am, October – May for groups of 15 – 50.
- Price: $7.48 per student, $13.08 per adult (2 adults free) + tax.
- Lunch: A special student sized Japanese box lunch (bento) is available for take-out only at $8.00 per person ($1.00 with soft drink). For dine-in options or to arrange for lunch, please contact the Cornell Café at 561-233-1336.
- Teacher Resources: Teacher’s resource packets are available here with pertinent tour information.
- Questions: To inquire about a school tour, fill out our online tour interest form.
During the Summer
Summer Tour Plus:
- Docent-led Tours: Children take a guided tour through the galleries, and enjoy making a craft that reinforces the cultural lessons of our current exhibits.
Learn more about the 2020 Summer Tour Plus.
- Due to the ongoing COVID-19 health threat, we are suspending public programs scheduled from March 16 through April 30, 2020. Morikami will continue to reevaluate and reassess as information about the virus and its impact on public health is presented. 2020 Summer Tour Plus programming is still scheduled to take place until further notice. To book a Summer Tour Plus Tour (June 9th to August 7, 2020), please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 561-233-1330. Please continue to visit our website for further updates on our summer programs and possible cancellations.
- Self-guided Tours: Visit the Yamato-kan and enjoy the Japanese gardens – complete with bridges, stone lanterns, and colorful koi.
- Availability: Tuesday – Friday at 10:15am, June – Mid-August
- Price: $7.48 + tax per student, $13.08 + tax per adult (2 adults free).
- Reservations: Call 561-233-1330, beginning March 1st.
- Questions: To inquire about Summer Tour Plus, fill out our online tour interest form.
Are your children interested in music? Check out our Children’s Music Summer Camp Program
Helpful Tips When Visiting Morikami for Field Trips
- Build in extra time: Leave time to experience Morikami at an unrushed pace allowing time for questions and enjoyment of the surroundings after your visit. Plan at least an extra hour if you wish to see everything.
- Wear comfortable shoes: There is a lot of walking involved in visiting Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens.
- Plan for lunch: Lake Biwa Pavilion, which is located at the entrance to Morikami Park , is a covered area with facilities to accommodate school groups for lunch on a first come first served basis. While it is usually available during the week, reservations can be made by calling 561-966-6611. The museum does not have facilities to refrigerate or store lunches.
- Other important info: There are public restrooms in the park, as well as open areas to run off excess energy.
Want an introductory or follow-up activity? The museum offers a variety of hands-on activities related to Japan through outreach programs.
MORY STP Program
Kids from all over South Florida are diving into Morikami’s “More Opportunities to Reach Youth” (MORY) program, offering fun Japanese cultural activities throughout the summer. The grant-funded program invites groups of students from non-profit organizations to participate in Morikami’s Summer Tour Plus program, a two-hour experience including a guided tour of the museum and exciting activities, as well as the opportunity to explore Roji-en, Morikami’s expansive Japanese gardens. The interactive program introduces children of all ages to the museum’s Japanese art objects and artifacts.
“MORY is a very popular program with the children because it provides them with a unique way to have fun, explore, and learn,” said Beth Kawazura, retired Project Manager and co-designer for the MORY program. “Because some local children don’t have the opportunity to experience Morikami and its programs, MORY provides a great way for them to expand their knowledge of a different culture.”
If your non-profit organization is interested in applying for the MORY program, please call 561-233-1328 for more information.
MORY Full STEAM Ahead Program
Morikami is excited to announce the launch of our Full STEAM Ahead tour, offering STEAM-based activities that encourage Grade 3-5 students to explore and appreciate our Japanese gardens. Running from October to May, this program reinforces what students are learning in the classroom by drawing upon core standards for science, math, visual arts, and world languages. This 90-minute tour introduces the key concepts and elements of Japanese gardens and then encourages students to observe, identify, and record them as they appear in the gardens. Students will receive an uchiwa fan at the end of their visit, which includes a post-tour activity to be completed at home or in the classroom.
Morikami is able to offer free admission for up to 50 students a day and provide a transportation stipend up to $350 (per school) to Palm Beach County Title I schools thanks to the generosity of The Batchelor Foundation, Inc. and members of the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens.
If your school is interested in applying for the Full STEAM Ahead tour, please call 561-233-1328 for more information.