National Bonsai & Penjing Museum

The National Bonsai & Penjing Museum has one of the largest collections of bonsai and penjing, timeless miniature masterpieces, 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. Students will explore the Chinese Pavilion with its pagoda-like entrance and serpentine wall, which gives a sense of the ancient roots of penjing and the mysticism of Asian art forms. In the Japanese Pavilion they will view the museum’s first and oldest pieces, displays of formality and spirituality. The tranquility of Asian art forms is sure to leave them refreshed.

Contact Info
Address: 3501 New York Avenue NE, Washington, DC 20002. District of Columbia. Tel: 202-245-2726. Website: www.usna.usda.gov/Gardens/collections/bonsai.html. Hrs: Daily, 10AM - 4PM.

Trip Info
Grade Level: 1st-College. Activity Type: day Trips, Self-Guided Tours. Recomm. Length of Visit: 1 hour. Cost: Free.

SUPPORTS CLASSROOM LEARNING IN: Science, Art.
SUPPORTS SCOUT BADGES IN: Science, Art.

Lesson Plan To Enrich This Class Trip

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