Noguchi Museum in Astoria Queens, NY

Noguchi Museum

The Isamu Noguchi Museum, in Astoria Queens New York is a two-story building that houses many of the artist's sculptures and architectural models from throughout his career. The first floor was designed for public viewing while upstairs there are offices as well as storage areas where some items cannot be showcased due to their size or fragility

The museum opened up on limited basis back 1985 with one goal: preserve these pieces so future generations can enjoy them too.

The two-story, 24k square feet museum and adjacent sculpture garden located in Long Island City section of Queens has been an attraction for locals since it opened. The 2004 renovations allowed the building to stay open year round with many events happening there.

In 1974, Isamu Noguchi purchased a photogravure plant and gas station from across the street from his New York studio. The first museum dedicated to him opened here on a seasonal basis in 1985.

The Noguchi Museum has a storied history that is exciting. The Foundation Board approved $13.5 million in 1999 for an ambitious plan to renovate their space, including ADA compliance as well as NYC Building Code changes so they could reopen with new exhibits after relocating from Queens Blvd until renovations were done on this temporary location near Sunnyside

In 2004, the Noguchi Museum was formally chartered as a museum and granted 501(c) public charity status. In June of that same year it reopened its newly renovated space with an opening ceremony featuring speeches from city officials who had been instrumental to bringing this important institution back up on its feet again following years in which structural issues.

Noguchi's Tree of Heaven was a beautiful, towering presence in its own right and provided the perfect framing for other sculptures.

The 75-year old tree once stood 60 feet tall and had been an icon since it graced Noguchi’s acquisition back in 1975 when he cleaned up this lot.

The New York State Council on the Arts has recognized an educational program as a stellar example for community outreach. The Art For Tots initiative is "a superb approach" in making young children comfortable around artwork, according to their review.

Museum visitors can enjoy visiting with Isamu Noguchi’s work. The New York State Council on the Arts has recognized this museum's educational program.

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