Pacific Bonsai Museum in Federal Way, Washington
The Pacific Bonsai Museum is a unique museum located on the historic Weyerhauser Campus in the unassuming, forest town of Federal Way. One of only three public museums in the world solely dedicated to bonsai, the collection features over 150 different types of trees.
Since 1989, the family-owned Weyerhaeuser Company opened the bonsai collection. Established to symbolize the Weyerhaeuser’s family commitment to its community and forest, the collection premiered at the Washington State Centennial celebration.
Bonsai, Japanese for "tray planting," is an art that uses cultivation techniques to produce small trees, which mimic larger-scale ones, in shallow spaces. Some of the trees in the collection are located in an indoor enclosure, but the majority of them are in individual outdoor spaces.
The bonsai hail from all over the world, including the United States, Japan, Korea, China, Canada, and Taiwan. The Pacific Bonsai Museum is now the most diverse public collection of bonsai in North America, with some of the trees dating back to the 1500s. Exhibits happen on rotation, highlighting sixty different tree species at a time depending on the season. In 2013, the entire collection was gifted to a non-profit and was renamed to the Pacific Bonsai Museum.