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Middle school students and educator exploring stone sculptures in The Noguchi Museum garden in autumn
Photo: Katherine Abbott. ©INFGM / ARS

Interactive tour and workshop programs for school and youth groups are designed to cultivate experiences of awe, discovery, and wonder with art. 

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School Visits

School visits at The Noguchi Museum are available to students in grades Pre-K through 12, and are inquiry-based, exploratory experiences. 

Please plan to schedule your visit 4-6 weeks in advance as time slots are limited. Reservations are required for all groups. The maximum size for a school group is 30 students or one class. Up to five adults may accompany the group free of charge. The Museum can welcome at most two classes per day.

Watch a video about what to expect during your visit.

Guided Tours

Tours last approximately one hour, and stop at around three works of art. All tours are designed to promote careful observation and critical thinking, and challenge students to share ideas and listen closely to others. Our programs support both New York State and Common Core Standards.

NYC Public Schools: $0 per class
All Other Schools: $150 per class

Tour and Workshops

The Noguchi Museum offers tour and workshop programs, in which students visit the galleries and participate in a related hands-on art making workshop. Tour and workshop programs last approximately two hours.

NYC Public Schools: $100 per class
All Other Schools: $250 per class

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, the information you share about your students, and your classroom curriculum. Pre- and post-visits are 45 minutes, or the length of a class period. The cost for each is $150 for one class, $200 for two classes, $300 for three classes, and $400 for four classes. For more information please email education@noguchi.org or call 718.204.7088 ext 203. A number of subsidized programs are available for Title 1 schools; please inquire to learn more.

Tour Themes

When booking a tour, we ask that teachers select one theme, and tell us about their motivation for the visit. 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 and/or activities 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 experiences around each object. 

Artists’ Choices (all grades)
Throughout his career, Isamu Noguchi drew inspiration from a variety of sources, including nature, materials, travel, and culture. During this tour, students will focus on the creative process of the artist, interpreting art through close observation and contextual information.

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.” Younger students on this tour explore the concept of sculpture as a three dimensional object. Older students consider a wider range of possibilities, looking at objects and environments not traditionally considered “sculpture.”

Mining Art: Basalt, Granite, Marble (all grades)
Students will look at Isamu Noguchi’s sculptures through the lens of geology. They will 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.

Abstraction (grades 3–12)
Noguchi worked closely with materials and processes to create art that wasn’t representational or based on an external reality. During this tour, students will create a working definition of abstraction and consider how abstract art can convey meaning.

Sense of Self and Art (grades 3–12)
Noguchi considered himself an “artist, American citizen, world citizen, belonging anywhere but nowhere.” During this tour, students will learn about Noguchi’s bi-racial identity, interests, and communities, creating connections to art and their own personal, evolving sense of self.

School Partnerships

The Noguchi Museum is committed to working with local schools on programs for students, teachers, and families. The Museum offers a range of partnership programs, each developed in collaboration with partnering schools. If you are interested in discussing ways in which The Noguchi Museum might collaborate with your school, please call 718.204.7088 ext 205. 

Self-Guided Visits

Self-guided visit requests must be made with at least two weeks’ advance notice. Students must be chaperoned during the entire length of the visit. The Noguchi Museum requires a minimum of one adult chaperone for every ten students. Please email education@noguchi.org or call 718.204.7088 ext 203. These visits are scheduled upon availability.

NYC Public Schools:
Adults and Students: $0

All Other Schools:
Adults: $10
Students: $5 

Community Youth Groups

The Noguchi Museum offers guided tours, and tour and workshops for community youth groups. Tours last approximately one hour, and are designed to be interactive experiences that challenge students to think about how art connects to their daily life. In tour and workshop programs, students visit the galleries and participate in a related hands-on art making workshop. Tour and workshops last approximately two hours. A number of subsidized programs are available for youth groups. Please inquire to learn more.  

Please note, the maximum size is 30 students. 

Guided Tour: $150 per group
Tour and Workshop: $300 per group

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