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Published June 18th 2011

The Noguchi Museum, located at 9-01 33rd Road (at Vernon Boulevard, Long Island City, NY). The museum houses those sculptures created by Japanese-American artist Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988) and considered by Mr. Noguchi himself to be the best examples of the work he had done during his life.

History of The Noguchi Museum

The Noguchi Museum was opened in 1985. Mr. Noguchi himself designed the Museum complex, which consists of an open-air sculpture garden inside a building in which ten galleries are located. This was exactly the kind of museum he had always envisioned, and he achieved this goal though the design and creation of The Noguchi Museum.

What Will I See at the Museum?

Again, you will see sculptures that Mr. Noguchi himself selected for exhibition. The gallery on the ground floor and the garden contain permanent displays; however, the other galleries feature temporary exhibits of some of Mr. Noguchi's other works. These change frequently, so you never know what you might see on your visit.

Are there other places besides The Noguchi Museum where Mr. Noguchi's works are displayed?

No, this is the only place you can see these magnificent works of art.

What else goes on at The Noguchi Museum

The Museum also serves as an international center for the study and interpretation of Mr. Noguchi's work. Because of this, it is the Museum's desire that as many people as possible be reached by these sculptures. This includes those who are hearing-impaired (sign language interpreters are available) as well as tours that allow those with vision impairments to actually touch the sculptures.

In addition, the Museum makes a special effort to attract children to the museum. It is hoped that by doing this, children will become interested in the field of art and artistic expression.

Is it possible to purchase some of Mr. Noguchi's sculptures?

Not the sculptures themselves, but the Museum Shop does sell Atari Light Sculptures. These are lamps that were first produced in Japan during the 1950s. They are made from a type of Japanese paper known as washy, with bamboo ribbing.

What are the Museum hours and admission prices?

The Museum is open from 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Hours on Saturday and Sunday are from 11:00 AM until 6:00 PM. The museum is closed on Monday and Tuesday. Admission is $10 general admission. Senior citizens and students with valid I.D.s pay $5. Those students who attend New York public high schools and have a valid I.D. are admitted free, as are children under 12.
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