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The Noguchi Museum, Long Island City

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In 1974, Noguchi purchased an industrial building across the street from his studio in Long Island City, Queens. The new space was used as an office, studio, and storage facility before it was converted into The Noguchi Museum, which opened to the public in 1985.

The Noguchi Museum consists of twenty-seven thousand square feet of gallery space on two floors as well as the sculpture garden. The ground-floor galleries contain a permanent presentation of Noguchi's artwork, selected and arranged by the artist. The upper level contains additional artworks from the permanent collection as well as temporary thematic exhibitions relating to Noguchi's artistic production and influence.
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  • Peaceful outdoor sculpture garden; I should have spent some time sitting on a bench and appreciating the calm. The free Socrates Sculpture Garden is 1-2 blocks away, past COSTCO. If you're from out of...  more »
  • I combined a visit to Socrates sculpture park with Noguchi museum. Some fascinating stone sculptures and some unusual art also. The outdoor space is attractive. There are benches to sit and be reflect...  more »
  • A lovely out of the way sculpture museum in Long Island City, Queens, N.Y. Friendly staff and professional presentation. A hidden gem of a museum.  more »
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  • Such a peaceful place. The garden is so nice. You can really relax and enjoy the art work here. Never a rush.
  • I absolutely love this museum; I would give it 6 stars if it were an option! Noguchi's sculpture work is famous the world over, and some of his best pieces are right here at the space he purchased and designed himself. There are not many opportunities to experience an artist's work in exactly the setting that he/she wanted you to experience it in. Noguchi's experiences as a half-Japanese American during the time of Japanese internment are also incredibly prescient for today's politics. I can not recommend this museum enough; skip the crowds at the famous museums, and make the trek to this hidden gem!
  • One of NYC's best-kept museum secrets. Beautiful small museum with a tearoom, docent-led tours and works by the great artist displayed both indoors and out.
  • This museums is one of the most beautiful in the city, and although the collection does not often change - it's dreamlike and meditative atmosphere would make me visit again regardless. It's outdoor areas, modern interpretations of a traditional Japanese garden, were fun to explore despite a heavy rain. I enjoyed it so much that I might argue the museum is meant to visited in the rainy seasons (fall and spring). I recommend sitting through the (lengthy) documentary at the back of the museum, near the exit. Noguchi was an artist whose life is as much a part of his legacy as his work. His responses to adversity are inspirational, and his work takes on a new dimension after you've seen it.
  • Amazing museum of noguchi's work spanning stone, metal, wood, lighting and sketches. I'm pretty sure the space used to be his working studio which makes the museum even more interesting to walk around.