This museum, opened in 1985 and situated in a quiet industrial neighborhood of Long Island City, is dedicated to the life and work of the internationally recognized Japanese-American sculptor Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988). The artist’s works in stone, metal, wood and clay, as well as models for public projects and gardens, dance sets and Akari light sculptures reflect the sculptor’s esthetic sensibility and interest in the natural world.
The museum is housed in 13 galleries within a converted factory building and encircles a garden containing major granite and basalt sculptures. One gallery is devoted to Noguchi’s celebrated work in interior design.
Educational and public programs encourage investigation of Noguchi’s work from different vantage points. The museum also offers scholars access to the artists extensive archives, including his records, correspondences, manuscripts and photographs. The museum also collaborates with the Isamu Noguchi Foundation in Japan.
The Noguchi Museum offers programs for families with children ages 2 through 11. All programs are taught by Museum Educators, and include gallery experiences and hands-on art making. Select programs are also offered in Japanese. Programs cost $10 for families with up to 4 members (fee includes Museum admission); free for Family Members. Please note, Noguchi Museum Family Members receive priority when registering for Art for Families and Art for Tots workshops.
The Museum offers guided interactive tours for groups of all ages and abilities. Tours are conducted by Museum educators and explore select works in the Museum’s collection and special exhibitions while introducing the life and vision of Isamu Noguchi. In keeping with Noguchi’s interest in the visitor’s personal experience of the Museum, groups will be encouraged to share their observations and interpretations throughout the course of the tour. Tours last approximately one hour and are available in English, Japanese and Spanish. A minimum of 10 people is required to comprise a group. For further information on Japanese Language Tours or visits for groups with special needs, see below. To schedule a visit, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 718.204.7088, extension 203.
- Disability Access
- Disability Assistance
- Gift Shops
- On-Site Food
- Reference Center
The entire museum and garden are wheelchair accessible. There is an elevator available to the second floor.
Hearing: Assistive listening devices. American Sign Language interpretation for all programs is available with four weeks advance notice. Vision: Touch tours
Books and lamps for sale
Artist file and library open to public by appointment only
Free gallery talks take place at 2 pm, Wednesday through Sunday, and are open to all individual visitors. As part of its First Friday and Second Sundays programs, the museum also offers the 2 pm gallery talk in Japanese.
- Free Admission
Museum admission is pay what you wish on the first Friday of every month.
This offer is ongoing