Finding the right museum experience for young kids is an urban challenge. The Noguchi Museum in Long Island City is a solution. This museum aims to get the next generation excited about sculpture.
Created by Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988), The Noguchi Museum opened in 1985 and is filled with stone, metal, wood, and clay sculptures. The building is the height of city cool--the 13 galleries are housed in a converted factory building. Open outdoor space is carved into the museum and offers a spot for reflection and an ideal setting for Noguchi's major granite and basalt sculptures. Forget about fussy, musty museums--the fluid sculptures are a natural draw for kids--they gravitate to the abstract shapes and the wide open spaces of the building.
Families are made at ease. Drop your stroller at the front desk and pick up a complementary backpack to carry your tot through the museum. Seasonal family workshops are on tap and the family offerings can also be scheduled in Japanese. Check out Art for Families if your kids are 5-11 and Art for Tots for kids ages 2-4. Reservations are needed and the fee is a reasonable $5 per family.
32-37 Vernon Boulevard
Long Island City, NY 11106
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 10am-5pm
Saturday & Sunday: 11am-6pm
Monday & Tuesday: CLOSED
Museum admission is $10 for adults and $5 for senior citizens and students with a valid ID. Members, New York City public high school students with a valid ID, and children under 12 are free.