Noguchi Museum

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Noguchi Museum
4.5
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Thirteen galleries and an outdoor sculpture garden are the settings for the wide collection of art work by Japanese American sculptor Isamu Noguchi (1904–1988).
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Montpellier, France51 contributions
Nov 2019
We visited this museum in mid november and it is to be found well off the beaten track so allow time to get there,and back. I recommend the metro and walking the last half mile to the museum passing also an interesting small riverside park with sculptures. The Noguchi is on two floors and has a garden display area. The garden displays of his sculpture were disappointingly mostly covered to prevent frost damage so I suggest a return in Spring when the tree and plant leaves will be opening up and the landscape look its best. There is a small entry fee and you can have a guide if you so wish. We didn't but asked questions of the staff when we felt we needed further explanations. They were pleased to help. There are on display a number of his well known works and how he formed or assembled them. It is a relatively small and intimate museum and well worth the effort to visit.
Written January 15, 2020
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Arty_mom
Rochester Hills, MI2,031 contributions
Mar 2022 • Friends
I can't express how much I am impressed with the museum. I'm not necessarily a huge fan of abstract, but the way the sculptures and other art have been curated it breathtaking. So much natural light that highlights the subtle textures. You can walk a 360 around every piece.

Make time to sit in the garden. There are plenty of benches to sit and look and listen. You can hear the birds and relax. I would love to go back and see the gallery earlier on the day. The main floor is amazing and an indoor outdoor space that connects with nature.

The staff is so friendly. A MUST see for any NYC visit. This is a hidden Gem!
Written March 6, 2022
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Fran727
Long Beach, NY2,068 contributions
Oct 2020
I have wanted to visit the Noguchi Museum for several years. I finally did, when the museum reopened during the covid-19 pandemic. I purchased tickets online, two weeks in advance, for a Friday morning time slot.

At the entrance, I forgot to ask if there was a guided tour of the museum; most likely tours were not available due to the pandemic. The gift shop and café were closed. Social distancing and wearing masks were required.

The museum has a superb collection of Noguchi’s vast work. For me, the highlight was the serene sculpture garden. The perfect place to sit, while watching the sunlight and shadows on the sculptures.

If driving: I parked in Costco’s parking lot because I planned to shop after the museum. Although parking is difficult in Long Island City, I noticed two parking spaces when I arrived. Read the street signs to avoid getting a ticket.

If you haven’t already: Watch the (2010) film Leonie. The story of Leonie Gilmour, Isamu Noguchi’s mother. The movie may not be 100% accurate, but it offers insight into Isamu Noguchi’s childhood, and the relationship between his American mother, Leonie Gilmour and his Japanese father, Yone Noguchi.
Written October 14, 2020
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Chi2me
Chicago, IL11 contributions
Mar 2021
Noguchi is iconic and now, for me, so is his museum. Really worth a trip. The open air parts coupled with the sculpture garden and gift shop make it truly unique. Then walk out the door to the Socrates Sculpture park and you're good to go.
Written March 30, 2021
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DB
1 contribution
Mar 2021 • Friends
not friendly for people of color. if you don’t want people to pose with the exhibits, then don’t allow photography all together - not sure why me and my friend were met with such hostility. i was really looking forward to visiting this museum but my experience was so uncomfortable i doubt i’ll be visiting any museum anytime soon.
Written March 28, 2021
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Henny Renjo
Melbourne, Australia169 contributions
Dec 2019
This is a well curated and presented collection of work of the American Japanese sculptor Isamu Noguchi. There is also an outdoors section which we hurried through due to the rain and one bright red piece on which visitors can sit. The cafe - shop is also very good too. It’s in a fairly industrial area but about a 15-20 minute walk from the train and restaurants of Astoria. Well worth the visit!
Written January 2, 2020
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Richard L
16 contributions
Jul 2019
I am glad I visited this place. It is a very arty and at an off beaten path location. It takes about one hour to take in everything. This is a place worth checking out but not on the same tier as MOMA. It's one of those I have already checked everything else, so lets check this place out kind of a deal. Worthwhile nonetheless.
Written May 1, 2020
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G L
Raleigh155 contributions
Dec 2015 • Solo
There is a reason that people from all over the world are flocking to the Noguchi Museum just across the East River from Manhattan in Queens. It is a phenomenal showcase of The Master's Work. Take your good camera as lighting is low, and the level of detail is outstanding. And wear clothing that protects you from the elements, like today's downpour.

Noguchi is known for his magical shapes and textures in natural stone. This museum is his former workshop located across the street from his red brick home, and is full of huge (and tiny) mostly stone sculptures. They are inside the building, in the outdoor space that is covered, and in the recently redone garden as well. You will be exposed to the cold or heat outside and will get wet in the rain visiting this place.

In a way, this museum reminds me of seeing Rodin's works spread inside and outside in the gardens surrounding his home in Paris. It seems as if Noguchi's ghost is beckoning us to look a bit deeper into his heart. He is sharing his life with us, the viewers. If you are a fan of sculpture and stone, this is your place! I had seen bits of his work in many other museums, but nothing like this collection anywhere. The permanent pieces are located downstairs and in the garden with some being loaned out to other museums and places such as the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens. Upstairs are the temporary exhibits. There is a small giftshop/cafe downstairs for a break from viewing so much sculpture. You will need it once you hit system overload from seeing the ground floor and garden.

If you need to go shopping for an army as well as take in some fine art, there is a huge Costco just across the street with a gigantic free parking lot. There is not much parking on the street around this museum. It is an easy drive from the RFK Bridge; you can also take the free Queensbridge further south. This is NOT a place for children below the age of ten. Strollers are not allowed, and there are rock sculptures lying on the floor with nothing around them. So please leave the kiddies elsewhere. The collection is closed on Monday and Tuesdasy. Again remember to take your good camera to capture the level of detail that permeates this collection.
Written December 23, 2015
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Jeanne722
Orlando, FL94 contributions
Nov 2019 • Couples
Tucked into a warehouse-type area is a hidden oasis of tranquility that is worth the trip. The large, natural material sculptures are displayed in a open, beautiful, environment inside and outside. We did not know of the artist beforehand, but found that we wanted to learn more about his projects after visiting. I definitely recommend this place!
Written November 29, 2019
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Kevin A
Pretoria, South Africa219 contributions
Oct 2019 • Solo
I have to admit, I don't know much about Isamu Noguchi. That being said, I was told about the Noguchi Museum and decided to pay it a visit. I found the ambiance of the entire museum to be incredibly tranquil, and it made for a solemn and spiritual visit. If you are in the area and have the time, I recommend a visit.
Written October 18, 2019
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  • Wed - Sun 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM