School Programs & Partnerships


In the spirit of Noguchi’s artistic vision, education programs at The Noguchi Museum encourage exploration and discovery while honoring diversity, thereby affirming the value of each individual’s unique interpretations.

Camp Visits

We welcome camp and community youth group visits in the summer. Programs at The Noguchi Museum are inquiry-based, exploratory experiences. Tours last approximately one hour and stop at 3-5 works of art. Groups may also request a hands-on art making workshop that brings the chosen theme of the tour into the studio. A tour and workshop lasts approximately 90 minutes. A one-time visit to the Museum is free for summer camp programs based in New York City public schools. For other camp or community youth groups, the fee for a guided tour is $150 per group. Groups interested in participating in a hands-on art making workshop following their guided tours may do so for an additional fee of $75. The maximum size for a camp or community youth group is 30 children. Please plan to schedule your visit 3-4 weeks in advance. To book a visit please click here.  

School Visits

School tours at The Noguchi Museum are available to students in grades Pre-K through 12, and are inquiry-based, exploratory experiences. Tours last approximately one hour, and stop at 3-5 works of art.  Additionally, The Noguchi Museum offers Tour and Workshop Programs, in which students visit the galleries and participate in a related hands-on art making workshop.

All tours are designed to promote careful observation and critical thinking, skills essential in the arts as well as across the curriculum. In addition, these programs challenge students to share ideas and listen closely to others. Our tours support both New York State and Common Core Standards. To find out more and access a letter to share with your school's adminstration please click here

Cost and Reservation Information

Please plan to schedule your visit 4-6 weeks in advance as time slots are limited. Please note, the Museum does not allow outside lecturers; teachers who opt to book a group visit without a guided tour may give their students information or activities that students can do independently or in pairs during their visit. This option is available to high school students only. 

Reservations are required for all groups. The maximum size for a school group is 30 students or one class. A one-time visit to the Museum is free for all New York City public school classes. For independent schools, or those outside of New York City, the fee for a guided tour is $150 per class of up to 30 students. Up to five adults may accompany the group free of charge.  Groups interested in participating in a hands-on art making workshop following their guided tours may do so for an additional fee of $75 per class (up to 30 students).  For more information please email or call 718.204.7088, extension 203.  

To book a tour or visit for your class, please click here

Add a Pre-visit or a Post-visit workshop with a Noguchi Educator

A Noguchi Educator can come to your classroom before a Museum visit to prepare students, or after your visit to extend the art experience.  Pre- and post-visits are planned by educators in response to the tour theme selected, and the information you share about your students and their classroom curriculum.

Pre- and post-visits are 45 minutes. The cost for each is $100 for one class, $150 for two classes (45 minutes per class). Pre- and post-visits must be booked at the same time as your tour. For more information please email or call 718.204.7088, extension 203.  

Available Tour Themes and Tour Goals

When booking a tour, we ask that teachers select one theme, and identify up to three goals for their tour. These selections help guide educators in planning and facilitating an experience for your students.  

All of our tours include approximately three stops, with a discussion at each stop. While we appreciate that often visitors like to see as much of the Museum as possible, we feel it is more important to offer students the opportunity for careful looking and critical thinking, in a context of extended conversation around each object. 


Artist's Choices: Ideas and Inspiration (all grades)

This tour explores how an artist responds to different sources of ideas and inspirations. Isamu Noguchi's interests included nature, travels through Asia, Europe, and the Americas, literature, as well as the work of other artists.

What is Sculpture? (all grades)

Noguchi wrote, "I am ever mindful of the notion that to discover or rediscover the true meaning of sculpture, the experience of sculpture has to be expanded." Students on this tour explore the idea of sculpture, including how it might be applied to space, furniture, and other objects not traditionally considered "sculpture".

Click here to download the Educator Guide that accompanies this tour.

Mining Art: Basalt, Granite, Marble (all grades)

Students look at the sculptures of Isamu Noguchi through the lens of geology. They learn about the different natural properties of the materials Noguchi worked with while exploring the differences between nature's marks and the artist's mark on stone.

Click here to download the Educator Guide that accompanies this tour. 

Abstraction (grades 3-12)

Many of Noguchi's abstract pieces have deep symbolic resonances. Students will consider how abstration can convey meaning in art.

Click here to download the Educator Guide that accompanies this tour.

Sculpted Space (grades 5-12)

Noguchi considered his garden a "total sculptural concept", and believed that sculpture was all around us- an idea evidenced in his dance sets, playground design, and public spaces. In this tour, students examine space as sculpture, through the Museum itself as well as related projects on view. 

A Closer Look (grades 9-12)

Although the average museum visitor spend two seconds in front of a work of art, understanding a work of art takes much longer. This tour offers high school students the opportunity to experience how an artwork unfolds through extended conversation. After approximately 40 minutes discussing a single work of art, students are given time and an assignment to explore the Museum on their own. 

School Partnerships

The Noguchi Museum is committed to supporting local schools and community organizations. The Museum offers a range of partnership programs, each developed in collaboration with the partnering school. If you are interested in discussing ways in which The Noguchi Museum might collaborate with your school, please call 718.204.7088, extension 205. 

Below is a list of selected current and recent program partners; click and expand on a program for more information.

High School Partnerships: Learning to Look

The Noguchi Museum’s High School partnership program entitled Learning to Look currently partners with three local high schools: Renaissance Charter High School, Long Island City High School, and the Academy of American Studies. The program varies at each site, depending upon the needs of the school.  

The Museum's partnership with Renaissance Charter High School is a ten-session sculpture program, which takes place at the Museum during school hours. Images and information from the Spring 2013 program can be found on our Noguchi Teen Blog.

At Long Island City High School, a Noguchi educator collaborates with a teacher of English Language Learners and Students with Interupted Formal Education to offer an in-school residency focusing on abstraction and language skills. View the catalog of student artwork from Spring 2011, created by partner teacher, Leo Smith.

At the Academy of American Studies, during Spring 2013, a Noguchi educator worked with an 11th grade English class to explore questions of identity. Students painted self-portraits, created sculptures based on objects of personal importance and experimented with printmaking. Images of artwork by these students from the Spring 2013 program can be found on our Noguchi Teens Blog.

Learning to Look is funded by the New York State Council of the Arts.


Elementary School Partnerships: One-to-One 

The Noguchi Museum has collaborated with fourth-grade students and teachers at PS 122Q since Spring 2009. During Spring 2013, students learned about photography and self-portraiture, experminting with gesture, expression, props and costumes. Click here to some examples of students' work.  In 2012 students explored how an artist gets to know his or her material, and created a group installation with rocks. The previous year, after learning about Isamu Noguchi's light sculptures, students created their own light sculptures.

At Academy of the City Charter School, a Noguchi Educator led a mini-residency for kindergarten students, focusing on Museums. Students learned about collections and museums, and then made their own springtime museums featuring photographs and objects collected on neighborhood walks.

During the 2010-2011 school year, VOICE Charter School families visited the Noguchi Museum for a series of workshops that combined the visual arts with music. Families wrote songs about selected sculptures, including both lyrics and the melodies. They performed at the Museum for their friends and families. These songs can be viewed here


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