The Noguchi Museum offers programs for families with children ages 2 through 11. All programs are taught by Museum Educators, and include gallery experiences and hands-on art making. Select programs are also offered in Japanese. Programs cost $10 for families with up to 4 members (includes Museum admission); free for Family Members. Noguchi Museum Family Members also receive priority when registering for Art for Families and Art for Tots workshops. Become a member here.
Open Studio encourages families to explore the galleries and to make art in response to their experiences. No registration is required for this drop-in program, offered the first Sunday of every month, from 11 am–1 pm.
Open Studio is supported, in part, by Con Edison.
Art for Tots
Learn strategies for engaging your child during museum visits while exploring art materials and The Noguchi Museum galleries as a family. This program is for families with children ages 2-4. Space is limited and reservations are required. This program runs from 10:30–11:45 am on select Saturdays and Sundays.
Family Members may register for Winter 2016–2017 classes beginning on December 28, 2016. General registration opens January 4, 2017.
Art for Families
Engage with your children in discussions about art in our galleries, and work together or individually to make your own works of art. This program is for families with children ages 5-11. Space is limited and reservations are required. This program runs from 10:30 am–12:30 pm on select Saturdays and Sundays.
Family Members may register for Winter 2016–2017 classes beginning December 28, 2016. General registration opens January 4, 2017.
Tips for Families Visiting the Museum
Things to Do
Before Your Visit
1. Get to know the artist Isamu Noguchi. Read his biography here.
2. Bring a book about shapes, colors, or patterns. Noguchi uses these elements in his sculptures, and books can help families talk about his art. Click here for a list of recommended books.
3. Pack a sketchbook and pencils. Sketching is a great way to look at art. Colored pencils, pens and markers are not allowed in the museum.
4. Print, cut out, and use our scavenger hunt cards.
At the Museum
5. Take a Family Walking Guide available at the front desk.
6. Let your kids lead the way and choose what to look at. It's okay if you only look at a few pieces in each gallery.
7. Ask Questions:
Play "I Spy." Can you find sculptures that are circles? Sculptures that have the same colors? Sculptures that use more than one material?
Name a sculpture. What title do you think best describes the work? Then, take a look at the walking guide in the plastic pocket located in each gallery. Compare the sculpture's actual title to your title.
Click here for more discussion starters.
Rules to Remember
1. Look with your eyes and never with your hands. This is because our hands and fingertips contain oils that leave a dirty residue, which causes damage to the art. Stickers that remind you to look with your eyes are available at the front desk.
2. Please walk and do not run in the Museum. Be mindful of the artwork around you.
3. Food and drink are not permitted in the galleries or the garden.
4. Strollers are not allowed inside the Museum. Wearable and handheld baby carriers are recommended. A limited number of backpack carriers are available at the front desk.
After Your Visit
1. Plan a real or imaginary visit with a friend or family member. What would you want to show them? Imagine your own personal tour of the Museum.
2. Consider signing up for our family programs.
3. Create your own art. Print out our Do-It-At-Home sheets to make your own art using similar processes and materials to the ones Noguchi used: cardboard, clay, mixed media, and printmaking. Click here for information on where to purchase art materials.
4. Visit more Noguchi sculpture in New York.
Red Cube (1968) in front of 140 Broadway, Manhattan
News (1938–40) above the main entrance at 50 Rockefeller Plaza
Kouros (1944–45) and The Well (1986) at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, located in galleries 920 and 229 respectively
Click here for a complete list of public sculptures by Noguchi.