Photo courtesy of Pacific Bonsai Museum

Photo courtesy of Pacific Bonsai Museum

Federal Way’s Pacific Bonsai Museum reopens to the public

Local gardens and exhibits are welcoming guests once again, now with additional safety measures.

While social distancing is still encouraged, local residents have a chance to get up close and personal with nature in Federal Way.

Pacific Bonsai Museum (2515 S. 336th Street) is reopening to the public Tuesday, July 14. Visitors are welcome once again to admire the museum’s bonsai collection from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday.

To keep people safe, the bonsai museum has implemented some new guidelines.

Visitors are encouraged to wear a mask or face covering, and can sport the museum’s own line of five botanical print masks sewn by the Refugee Artisan Initiative. The masks are available at the museum’s online shop.

Exhibit spaces have also transitioned to one-way paths to increase social distancing. At any alcove space, people are encouraged to abide by the guideline of one household at a time in the viewing space.

The enclosed Conservatory exhibit remains closed at this time, and group tours or in-person field trips remain temporarily suspended.

In the museum’s restrooms, touchless faucets, touchless soap dispensers and touchless paper town dispensers have been added for safety. Hand sanitizer is also available at stations throughout the museum.

“Thank you for your patience, understanding, and bendy-branch flexibility as we all adjust to these changes,” wrote Executive Director Kathy McCabe in a recent newsletter.

Other nature excursions in Federal Way:

PowellsWood Garden (430 S. Dash Point Road): The 40-acres of lush gardens and native woodland are open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday until October 31. Guests are asked to maintain social distancing when visiting, and increased sanitation protocol has been implemented. the indoor garden room is closed for the time being. For more information or tickets, visit powellswood.org.

Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden (2525 S. 336th Street): Home to one of the largest rhododendron collections in the world, the garden is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. The Visitor Center remains closed and all purchases must be made with a credit card. Picnicking is also not permitted at the time. Visitors are encouraged to wear mask when attending. For more information or tickets, visit rhodygarden.org.


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