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Japanese bonsais, or the art of miniature trees, are considered gardening masterpieces. This art has been around for a long time and it is only fitting that an institution is established to collect and promote this unique art form. This institution is the National Bonsai and Penjing Museum, which is located at the nation?s capital, Washington D.C.

The museum began when a 1976 donation of 53 bonsai and 6 viewing stones to the United States by the Nippon Bonsai Association sparked an interest to this unique Japanese art. This collection was placed in the International Pavilion. Over the years, the collections grew to up to 150 plants.

Today, the building is one of the most visited museums in the capital, drawing up to 200,000 visitors annually. The museum features distinct exhibits such as the Japanese Collection, Chinese Collection, North American Collection, and Viewing Stone Collection.
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