Noguchi Museum Queens New York - interior

The Noguchi Museum

The Noguchi Museum is the work of the famous artist Isamu Noguchi (1904 – 1988). The artist himself created this inspiring place as a showcase of his artistic life. Here, you have the chance to explore Isamu Noguchi’s large collection of sculptures, models, designs and drawings.

Ingenious simplicity

The Noguchi Museum exterior
The Noguchi Museum in Queens, New York, is home to the largest Isamu Noguchi art collection in the world.

Isamu Noguchi is known for his simple, non-figurative sculptures in stone or wood. His influences were both western and oriental.

In the Noguchi Museum, you have the chance – among other things – to see his sculptures made from basalt. The sculptures were carved using many different techniques.

One of the best exhibits is located on the second floor. The Akari lamps are sensational. You learn about the history of each piece. You should visit when the weather is nice because half the exhibits are outside. Spend hours in the sculpture garden and just relax! The fresh air and sculptures are exhilarating.

The outdoor garden includes tables and benches. The Noguchi coffee table is a prominent fixture in the cafe area. At the museum, you may also see work from artists inspired by Noguchi.

There are also exceptional acquisitions you do not want to miss. You can spend the afternoon enjoying the works of the famous artist. We enjoyed a nice lunch outside including a refreshing cup of coffee from the cafe.

Tree of Heaven

The Tree of Heaven was 60 feet tall, and 75 years old. Noguchi allowed the tree to remain when he bought the building in 1975. He created the sculpture garden to surround the tree. Unfortunately, the tree started to die in 2008. To prevent the it from destroying the building it had to be taken down. The Museum consulted the Detroit Tree of Heaven Woodshop to rework the tree into sculptures and benches.

Noguchi Museum Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Sculpture and art interactions
  • Sculpture garden
  • Plenty of natural light
  • Detailed descriptions for each room
  • Cafe
  • Gift shop

Cons

  • Located in an industrial area with no subway

Things to do near the Noguchi Museum

More info

Website: www.noguchi.org

Address: 9-01 33rd Road (at Vernon Boulevard), Long Island City, New York 11106

Telephone: +1 718-204-7088

Cover photo by Julian Dunn / CC BY 2.0