Originally chartered as The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, the Noguchi Museum in Queens, NYC celebrates the works of Japanese-American sculptor Isamu Noguchi. Designed and created by the artist himself, the two-story Noguchi Museum is located in Long Island City just one block from the Socrates Sculpture Park and features 24,000 square feet of exhibition space and an adjacent sculpture garden. The Museum features works by Noguchi that include drawings, sculptures, architectural models, furniture designs, and stage designs.



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The Museum complex was designed as an open-air sculpture garden around which ten galleries are housed. The two-story, 27,000-square-foot building is entered through the famous sculpture garden, which features several works and forms part of the ground floor galleries and exhibition area. The upper galleries present temporary exhibitions that offer a rich, contextualized view of Noguchi’s work and the Museum provides a reflective space in which to experience Noguchi’s sculpture and design.

The Building and Sculpture Garden

The Museum complex was designed as an open-air sculpture garden around which ten galleries are housed. The two-story, 27,000-square-foot building is entered through the famous sculpture garden, which features several works and forms part of the ground floor galleries and exhibition area. The upper galleries present temporary exhibitions that offer a rich, contextualized view of Noguchi’s work and the Museum provides a reflective space in which to experience Noguchi’s sculpture and design.

Tree of Heaven

When Noguchi bought the building to house the museum, it had a 75-year-old, 60-foot-tall 75-year-old tree (Ailanthus altissima) in the center of what would be become the sculpture garden. The tree became the centerpiece of the Museum until 2008 when it was found to be dying and threatened to damage the building. The Detroit Tree of Heaven Woodshop felled the tree and used to wood to make benches, sculptures and other amenities which are featured at the Museum.



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The Noguchi Museum acts as an international center for the study and interpretation of Noguchi’s work that is dedicated to illuminating the artist’s vision through his artworks. To reach all audiences, the Noguchi Museum presents programs that cater for all ages, including sign-language interpreters and ‘touch tours’ for the blind and partially sighted. The Noguchi Museum manages the world’s largest collection of Noguchi’s works, as well as his complete archives and serves the international community by loaning works to other institutions for special exhibitions. Committed to advancing research, the Museum offers scholars and students access to these extensive archives, which include correspondences, manuscripts, photographs, and records.

The Noguchi Museum offers programs for families with children up until the age of 11 years, which include hands-on art making activities, discussions about art, and gallery experiences. The Teen Advisory Board (TAB) is a free after-school program for high school students that presents an opportunity for them to become immersed in the Museum and the work of Isamu Noguchi through activities, tours, and behind-the-scenes experiences. Making Your Mark (MYM) is a free summer program aimed at teenagers that introduce them to the work of Isamu Noguchi, explores his vision and provides a supportive environment where students can identify and pursue their creative interests.

Programs for adults include daily guided tours and free gallery talks, discussions and interpretations of the museum’s exhibitions, and guided interactive tours for groups of all ages and abilities. Tours are also available in Japanese and for visitors with special needs.

The Noguchi Museum is located at 9-01 33rd Road at the corner of Vernon Boulevard in Long Island City and is open to the public on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. The Museum Shop sells a variety of items related to Noguchi’s work in design, including his Akari Light Sculptures, his furniture designs like the Isamu Noguchi Table, and an array of mid-century furniture and objects by designers like Charles and Ray Eames and George Nelson.

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9-01 33rd Road (at Vernon Boulevard), Long Island City, NY 11106, Phone: 718-204-7088

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