The sculptures of Isamo Noguchi grace public spaces around the world, but the museum that showcases his best works occupies a former photogravure plant in Long Island City, Queens. As much as I like Noguchi's gigantic public pieces, the artist's studio-turned-museum is my favorite place to admire his work.
Noguchi designed the museum, and everything is displayed exactly as he wished. It is intimate and crowd-free, and the garden is furnished with benches. The effect is soothing, an oasis of natural forms and quiet spaces. An afternoon here is a delightful retreat from the hustle of Manhattan!
There is street parking nearby, and public transport brings a visitor within a few blocks of the museum. On Sundays, a shuttle is available from the Asia Society in Manhattan