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The Noguchi Museum offers programs for families with children ages 2–11. 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).

Programs are free for members of Cool Culture, and Museum members at the Family level and above. Museum members also receive priority registration for Art for Families and Art for Tots workshops. Become a member here.

A family sitting in the Museum galleries with a clipboard to complete a gallery activity.
Open Studio

Open Studio encourages families with children ages 2–11 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.

View all Open Studio programs in the calendar.

Three children sitting on Isamu Noguchi's 'Play Sculpture' and smiling.
Art for Tots

Learn strategies for engaging your child during museum visits while exploring art materials and 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.

For the fall 2019 season, early registration for members at the Family level and above begins Wednesday, September 4, 2019. General registration begins Wednesday, September 11, 2019. View all Art for Tots programs in the calendar.

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Two children with clipboards and pencils working on worksheets in the Museum sculpture garden.
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.

For the fall 2019 season, early registration for members at the Family level and above begins Wednesday, September 4, 2019. General registration begins Wednesday, September 11, 2019. View all Art for Families programs in the calendar.

Register Now

 

Resources for Families
Activity Guides

Free activity guides are available at the Museum entrance in English, Spanish, and Japanese. Guides can also be downloaded and printed:

Family Guide in English

Family Guide in Spanish (Español)

Family Guide in Japanese (日本語)

FAQ for Families Visiting the Museum

Why can’t we touch the art in the Museum?
While the sculptures look very durable, our hands and fingertips contain oils that leave a dirty residue, which causes damage to the art. Attendants at the front desk will give your child a sticker to remind them to look with their eyes and never with their hands. 

Can I bring a stroller into the galleries?
Yes, strollers for young children are encouraged. We occasionally have exhibitions that prohibit strollers if the artwork is too sensitive. 

Is there a place to eat at the Museum?
The Museum has a small cafe that offers a few kid-friendly options. Food and drink are not permitted in the galleries or the garden.

Are there changing tables at the Museum?
Yes, changing tables are available in family-friendly restrooms. 

Can I take photos of my family at the Museum?
Absolutely, photography without a flash is encouraged. However, the Museum does not allow commercial shoots. 

Can we draw in the galleries?
Yes, drawing in the galleries with graphite or colored pencils is encouraged. Pens are not allowed in the galleries.

 

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