Washington's Pacific Bonsai Museum Is One Of Only Two In The Country
Washington is home to some fantastic museums, including a few that are perfect for nature lovers. But not many people know that our state is home to one of only two bonsai museums in the entire country. And whether or not you know much about the elusive bonsai tree, you’ll definitely want to check this place out.
The Pacific Bonsai Museum is located in Federal Way, nestled among the towering conifers and surrounded by nature.
This open-air museum is tranquil and pleasant, and it's open all year.
The bonsai tree is a true living piece of art.
It can take years to create an envisioned tree shape, not to mention the lifetime of care that will follow.
The museum boasts an impressive 150 bonsai trees, although only about 50-60 are on display at a time since they're rotated seasonally.
Some of these trees are well over 100 years old!
The museum was established in 1989 as a private collection, in part as a celebration of Washington State's 100th birthday.
The exhibit became a non-profit museum in 2014.
This collection just happens to be the most geographically diverse bonsai collection in the United States.
You'll see trees from Canada, China, Japan, and Korea as well as plenty that were grown right here in the USA.
You can visit the Pacific Bonsai Museum any day but Monday, although hours vary by season (and depending on private events).
For the most part, Tuesday - Sunday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. are the hours. And since admission is by donation, no one will be turned away.
The themed exhibits rotate seasonally, so you'll be treated to fresh new displays every few months.
Group tours and demonstrations are also available by request.
There are only a handful of bonsai museums in the world, so we're pretty lucky to have one here in Washington.
It's like visiting an educational garden and relaxing in nature at the same time.
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Pacific Bonsai Museum, 2515 South 336th St, Federal Way, WA 98003, USA