Thirteen galleries and an outdoor sculpture garden make up the museum of Japanese-American sculptor Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988) whose furniture and iconic Noguchi coffee table earned him recognition throughout the world.

Rooted in zen simplicity, this unique museum and garden allows Noguchi’s genius to take center stage in the gallery. Noguchi was a prolific sculptor and craftsman, and his works reflect his broad interests in nature and society. Noguchi designed the Museum complex as an open-air sculpture garden within a building that houses ten galleries. According to the Noguchi Foundation, “the museum provides an intimate, reflective space in which to experience Noguchi’s sculpture and design.”

The museum features special programs for children each Saturday, and the museum offers a number of places to relax from which you can contemplate the art and its meaning. Noguchi’s sculpture comes in various shapes and displays his unique and sophisticated understanding of the world around us. While Noguchi’s beautiful stone sculptures are the main focus of the museum, there are changing exhibits of his other work, architecture, costume, brushwork, and more.

The museum served as his studio, and Noguchi planned the outdoor garden with incredible precision and design. The garden is a good place to just reflect and absorb his aesthetic. In fact, the artist has even been laid to rest there.

In addition to its exhibits, the Museum is dedicated the study and interpretation of Noguchi’s work, and to illuminating his vision and experience with sculpture and public spaces. The Museum also offers scholars access to Noguchi’s extensive archives, including his records, correspondences, manuscripts, and photographs.

The gift shop and cafe have few offerings but comfy seating with a view of the sculpture garden. The Museum Shop makes available much of Noguchi’s work in design. Featured objects include his Akari Light Sculptures, lamps first produced in Japan in the fifties, made from Japanese washi paper and bamboo ribbing; and his furniture designs, including the Isamu Noguchi Table manufactured by Herman Miller, Inc. The Shop also offers other mid-century furniture and objects, by designers George Nelson and Charles and Ray Eames.