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Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, Delray Beach

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Bringing the spirit of Japan to southern Florida, Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens houses centuries of tradition and history. The museum boasts a rich permanent collection of artwork and masterfully crafted objects that provide insight into Japanese culture and everyday life. The collection focuses on the Meiji period, which extended from the mid-19th to the early 20th century, and brought major changes to Japanese society. You can also catch one of the rotating exhibits and learn about different aspects of Japanese culture, from ancient to modern. Enjoy the beautifully landscaped gardens and learn why these peaceful refuges play such an important role in Japan as places for contemplation, relaxation, and romance. If you’re visiting in the summer, make sure to protect yourself from the sun as you stroll through the large campus. Put Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens at the forefront of your travel plans using our Delray Beach vacation route planner.
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  • Experience something unique!! Long walks amongst gorgeous natural beauty. Learn some history of early settlers and end the day with some good sushi!! Great day for the entire family!!  more »
  • We had a very knowledgeable tour guide who has been with the Park for many years. I enjoyed his banter and easy explanations. Would recommend. We did not eat at the restaurant...thought the prices wer...  more »
  • We visited on a Saturday. It was not crowded. A pleasant garden, not too much walking. Stations for water were placed in various places along the paths, which were appreciated in the hot, south a Flor...  more »
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  • Have an 8 and a 6 year old and we all loved it. Beautiful gardens, very peaceful environment. Usually my kids would have been asking me to play with some electronic device but it didn't even cross their mind. Loved the gardens with the gravel as well as the Bonsai exhibition. Would have loved to have more examples of their living quarters and a museum with more pieces but it was great. My kids loved to see the area that talked about what school kids wear, eat and so in school as well as the kitchen area. All and all great experience!
  • I love this place so much and so will you if you enjoy nature. This place is full of nature and inspired by Japanese culture. Morikami Mueseum has a Japanese restaurant inside and the food is delicious over there by the way. There is also this "Life in Japan" exhibit over there which explains what it is like for an average kid in Japan to go through every day. You can also buy fish food near their lake and feed the fish in the lake. I would definitely recommend anyone who loves nature to visit Morikami.
  • Beautiful gardens tucked away in a quiet neighborhood. I just missed the early spring rhododendron but the late flowering bushes were beautiful. Lots of bushes and trees that I could not identify. I wish there were some identifying tags on the more exotic plants. Some downhill stepping stones might be a challenge for some people.
  • The Japanese gardens are beautiful. This is a very peaceful spot and I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a relaxing stroll while appreciating the nature around you. The restaurant is also nice and the food is delicious. The gardens also serve as a wedding venue. We will definitely be back!
  • Walk lovely, informative, opened eyes to Japanese culture. Cafe food delicious, worth price. Museum interesting, had seen some objects in larger settings but appreciated these. Time well spent. Grand-daughter enjoyed every minute (13)

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