Crespi Bonsai Museum

Crespi Bonsai Museum

Unique in the world, a few kilometres from Milan, this Eastern spot completely integrated in the western world gathers a precious collection of centenarians trees, pots and ancient books.


Opening hours:
Tuesday to Saturday: 9.00-12.30 am • 2.30-7.00 pm
Sunday: 9.30-12.30 am
Monday: 2.30-7.00 pm

5,00 €
Free for kids until 12 years and for over 65.
By reservation, it's possibile booking a guided tour for singles or groupes.

Crespi Bonsai Museum
S.S. del Sempione, 37 • Parabiago (Mi) - Italy



Opened in 1991, the Crespi Bonsai Museum,  first permanent bonsai museum in the world,  was born from Luigi Crespi's resolution to allow everyone to admire a precious collection, including centuries-old plants, antique pots and books and manuscripts from the Far East.

Visita Museo


The museum structure in cement and steel, cobined with natural materials like slate and stone of barge,brings out the wonderful samples exposed on stone and wood tables. At that time in our country there were silvery few enthusiast and Crespi Bonsai was the only company to import bonsai to Italy. The ambition was not only to spread an interest in this very beautiful plants but also, and more importantly, to make known the oriental culture in which this ancient art-form has its roots. Today the interest in Bonsai is enormously increased as is demand for a more authentic relationship with the invironment in which we live. Crespi Bonsai has also grown but its philosophy has not changed. Originating has a corner of the Orient at the doors of Milan, it has become a fertile meeting point between the different cultures of East and West in a deep and shared respect for nature.



The Crespi collection consist of about two hundred pieces, exposed on rotation according to seasons, since every species has a better moment to be exposed.
Year after year the collection improves, thanks to the devoted care of Luigi Crespi and the interventions of Master Nobuyuki Kajiwara, museum's responsible and teacher at the triennial course at the bonsai university. The masterpiece of the collection is the millennial Ficus retusa linn, placed at the centre of a pagoda between two nineteenth-century wooden Chinese temple dogs. on a table of solid slate are displayed numerous other authentic specimens, many well over a hundred years old and trained by famous Japanese masters, among which are the works of Kaneko, Kato, Kawamoto, Kawahara and Ogasawara. The collection of bonsai containers includes antique Chinese conteiners from the Ming and Ching dynasties. Of extreme value also is the library which houses both antique and modern volumes, precious incunabula and rare texts from all over the world. A place of importance is occupied by a reconstruction of the "tokonoma" the corner which in every Japanese house is set aside for the displaying of objects of spiritual significance. This beautiful collection is tastefully complemented with authentic furnishings among which are antique Japanese lamps.

Giardini giapponesi


They serve as a framework at the Crespi Bonsai Museum, three japanese garden style, all designed by Luigi Crespi. Creating the illusion of spaciousness when the disposal of space is limited is one of the features peculiar to the Japanese garden. The composition of the elements is carefully planned and nothing is left to chance, yet the impression is of absolute naturalness. This is because the garden, inserted as it is in the original enviroment, is perfectly blanded with it so as to become, not an expresion of man's control over nature, but rather of a deep harmony with it. The Oriental garden is created for contemplation and meditation and in it man immerses himself spiritually, discovering himself to be an integral part of the nature which sorrounds him.

Claudio Tumeo