The miniature masterpieces that we call bonsai and penjing are the pinnacle of gardening skill, and the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum has one of the largest collections of these timeless trees in North America.
The Japanese art of bonsai, and its precursor, the Chinese art of penjing, are rooted in the traditions of Asian culture. The placement of branches, styling, and the pot all convey deep symbolism and reverence for nature.
The National Bonsai & Penjing Museum, established in 1976, is the most comprehensive of its kind in North America.
It is dedicated to the display, education and scholarly study of bonsai and related art forms. The National Bonsai & Penjing Museum is undoubtedly one of Washington's key attractions for plant lovers.
We provide for you here a 'short' Virtual Tour of the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum. You are invited to start at the begining and follow the "slides" through the Ellen Gordon Allan Entrance Garden, the Cryptomeria Walk, the International Pavilion, the Chinese Pavilion, the Japanese Stroll Garden, the Japanese Pavilion, the North American Pavilion, the Tropical Conservatory, and the Lecture/Demonstration Area. If you prefer, and/or are a return visitor, you are welcome to start at a specific pavilion or garden, or even at any point along the path.
Virtual Tour Options:
Start here, at the beginning.
Go directly to a specific Pavilion, Garden or anywhere on the Tour by clicking a specific spot on the Map below.
Browse thumbnail images of the Virtual Tour with links to each specific spot.