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1024px-Morikami Museum and Gardens - Interior Garden of Tea HouseOn Thursday, June 6 from 1:00-5:00 PM the Palm Beach County Talking Books Service will host a networking opportunity with Keystone employees and other KLAS library staff at the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens (4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach, FL 33446).

Transportation: A trolley will be provided to take attendees to and from the museum.

Lunch: The Cornell Cafe at the Morkami offers a variety of dishes. Attendees are responsible for purchasing their own meal.

Admission Cost: The Palm Beach County Talking Book Library has arranged for a special group rate of $10.28 / person.

About the Museum

From morikami.org:

The original building, named the Yamato-kan, is modeled after a Japanese villa. It features a ring of exhibition rooms surrounding an open-air courtyard with a dry garden of gravel, pebbles and small boulders. The Yamato-kan offers a permanent exhibit chronicling the history of the Yamato Colony, a Japanese farming community in South Florida 100 years ago, as well as Japan Through the Eyes of a Child, an interactive exhibit that transports visitors to Japan, allowing them to explore contemporary Japanese culture.

The principal museum building opened in 1993 to meet popular demand for more programming, more versatile facilities, and to satisfy the needs of a growing community. The museum’s architecture is inspired by traditional Japanese design. The building features three exhibition galleries, a 225-seat theater, an authentic tea house with viewing gallery, a research library, classrooms, a museum store, the Cornell Cafe and lakeside terraces for a panoramic view while dining.

The Morikami Collections house more than 7,000 Japanese art objects and artifacts, including a 500-piece collection of tea ceremony items, more than 200 textile pieces and fine art acquisitions.

About the Gardens

From morikami.org:

The 16 acres that surround Morikami’s two museum buildings include expansive Japanese gardens with strolling paths, resting areas, our world-class bonsai collection and lakes teeming with koi and other wildlife. The wider 200-acre park features nature trails, pine forests and picnic areas.

In 2001, Morikami completed a major garden expansion and renovation. The new gardens reflect major periods of Japanese garden design, from the eighth to the 20th century, and serve as an outdoor extension of the museum. According to the garden designer, Hoichi Kurisu, each garden is intended to express the character and ideas of a unique counterpart in Japan without attempting to duplicate those gardens, and seamlessly flow together as one garden.

Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, with its unique gardens and collections, is one of Palm Beach County’s most treasured cultural attractions. Located in a tranquil natural setting, Morikami invites visitors to explore its many facets and discover Florida’s heritage and its connection with Japan.

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