Public Programs

Programs are free for Members and included with admission for visitors, unless otherwise noted. Reservations are recommended by calling 213.625.0414 or by e-mail to at least 48 hours prior to the event (please indicate name, number of reservations, date, and time of the event). Seating is limited.

To see a complete listing of the Museum’s programs, visit

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Exhibition Opening

Kokeshi: From Folk Art to Art Toy opens.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Kokeshi: Not Just a Toy!

Collector Itske Stern, author of articles about kokeshi for Daruma magazine and other Japanese publications, and her husband Anthony, will talk about the history of traditional kokeshi and their personal journey in collecting over 1200 of these beautiful folk toys.

2:00 PM

Sunday, October 4, 2009

The Dolls of Hina-matsuri

events/hina100.jpg Hina-matsuri (Girls Day Festival) is perhaps Japan's most famous celebration with its elaborate display of dolls depicting a stylized imperial court. Yet few, even in Japan, are familiar with its origins and symbolism. East Asian scholar and author, Alan Pate, will explore its evolution, the various dolls displayed, and its forgotten meanings.

Please note that Alan Pate will be signing his books after the program. Copies of Japanese Dolls: The Fascinating World of Ningyo can be purchased from the Museum Store.

2:00 PM

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Exhibition Closing

events/Kokeshi-exhibit-100px.jpg Kokeshi: From Folk Art to Art Toy closes.