The National Bonsai Museum is the first and finest of its kind in the world, located on the grounds of the U.S. National Arboretum in Northeast Washington, D.C. The museum’s collection began in 1976 with a gift of 53 bonsai trees from Japan to commemorate the United States Bicentennial.

Since then, it has grown steadily with the addition of pieces from North American bonsai masters and a penjing collection from China. Now, more than 300 specimens rotate through the display tables and pedestals of the museum [1].

The National Bonsai Foundation (NBF) is a non-profit section 501 (c) (3) organization, founded in 1982 with a sole purpose of sustaining the National Bonsai Penjing Museum in cooperation with the U.S. National Arboretum (private/public collaboration). It has become one of the top nature nonprofits in America [3].

Visiting the National Bonsai Museum is a great opportunity to learn about the art of bonsai and penjing, and appreciate the beauty of the collection. It’s also a great way to relax and meditate while surrounded by nature. If you’re in the D.C. area, make sure to check it out!