Noguchi Museum

The Noguchi Museum was founded under The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum. It is an art gallery and museum located in the Long Island City section of Queens, New York City, created and designed by the Japanese-American artist Isamu Noguchi. It was opened on a limited basis to the public in 1985. The foundation and museum were designed to conserve and exhibit Noguchi’s works, architectural models, stage designs, drawings, and furniture and stage designs. It is a two-story, 24,000 square foot (2,200 square meters) art gallery and sculpture park, one block away from Socrates Sculpture Park, Socrates Sculpture Park, underwent extensive renovations in 2004, allowing the museum to remain open all year.

To house the museum In 1974, Noguchi bought a photography facility and a gas station just across the street away from the New York studio, where he had lived and worked since 1961. It was opened in the Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum opened to the public in 1985 on a seasonal basis. In 1999 the Foundation Board approved a $13.5 million capital master plan to solve structural issues, ADA and NYC Building Code compliance, and build an education center for the public. The Museum moved to a temporary location situated in Sunnyside, Queens, and hosted numerous thematic exhibits of Noguchi’s work during the construction. In February 2004, the museum was officially established as a museum and was granted 501(c)(3) public charitable status. The Noguchi Museum in Queens,  NYC was reopened to visitors in its recently renovated location in June of 2004. The museum’s building continued to be plagued by structural issues until the 2000s, and a new $8 million stabilization plan was launched in September of 2008.

Tree of Heaven

Up to March 26, the 26th of March, 2008, a 60-foot (18 m)-tall 75 years old Tree of Heaven (Ailanthus altissima) was the main focus of the museum’s sculpture gardens. The tree was saved by Noguchi after 1975 when he purchased the museum. Became the museum. He also cleared the backlot. In a way, it was created in the tree’s shape,” According to an ex-adviser of Noguchi, Bonnie Rychlak, who later became a museum curator. At the beginning of 2008, the tree had been diagnosed as declining and threatened to fall into the structure that was set going through an $8.2 million restoration. The museum enlisted its own Detroit Tree of Heaven Woodshop, the collective of artists who used the wood for benches and sculptures and other facilities on and around the museum.


The New York State Council on the Arts has acknowledged the Museum’s education program, Art for Families, as a shining example of an outreach program for the community and Art for Tots as a “superb approach” to making young children feel at ease a museum. H&A Power Washing

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