By Mike S Payton, Contributing Reporter
DELRAY BEACH, FLORIDA – After being closed for months, the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens is set to reopen on Tuesday, June 2nd. Located at 4000 Morikami Park Road in Delray Beach, the hours are Tuesday through Sunday 10AM to 5PM, and the Museum will follow CDC guidelines.
Areas open for public visitation will include the Roji-en Japanese Garden, Bonsai Exhibit, Cornell Café (with limited services), and the Museum Store (with limited capacity).
Garden paths will be one-way only, and guests are encouraged to follow proper social distancing. Professional photography must be scheduled in advance through the museum’s facility rentals department.
Jillian Kogan, Marketing and Events Manager at Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens shared what they have been working on. “While Morikami has been closed to the public the garden staff has remained at work maintaining the grounds to ensure Roji-en would be ready for a reopening.”
The museum’s galleries, exhibitions, theater, Seishin-an Tea House, and Yamato-kan will remain closed at this time. All public programming will remain suspended through September 30, 2020.
“In addition to preparing for a safe reopening and replanning our programming, the staff have been busy creating virtual garden and Japanese educational experiences shared through e-blasts and social media channels for patrons to enjoy from home,” Kogan explained.
In consideration of the safety of visitors and staff, the Museum will follow CDC guidelines regarding capacity limits and six-foot social distancing, as well as have created a robust cleaning and sanitizing schedule.
Masks will be required to be worn at all times while inside the Museum Building and Japanese gardens. Frequent sanitation of high contact areas will be routinely performed, and guests are encouraged to use the hand sanitizing stations placed throughout the Museum.
Kogan shared, “The best part about reopening on Tuesday is that the gardens act as a healing space for so many people, and the public has expressed how much they miss being able to visit us, especially during such unpredictable and stressful times.”
For a contact-free experience, visit www.morikami.org/tours for a self-guided garden audio tour.
Update: On June 1st, at 5:48 PM, the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens provided this update: “Due to unforeseen circumstances, Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach will not reopen, as previously announced, on June 2, 2020. We will update you with a new reopening date as soon as it has been confirmed. Follow us on our social media pages or visit our website for the latest information.”