Relaxing museum spaces

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  • The Noguchi Museum Sculpture Garden

  • Astor Court at the Met

  • Conservatory at the Cooper-Hewitt

  • Garden Court at the Frick Collection

The Noguchi Museum Sculpture Garden



Astor Court at the Met
This indoor Chinese scholar's garden is based on one from the Ming dynasty (1368--1644) and features a pond, rock and plant arrangements, a covered walkway and a traditional pavilion. 1000 Fifth Ave at 82nd St (212-535-7710, metmuseum.org). Suggested donation $20, seniors $15, students $10, members and children under 12 free.

Conservatory at the Cooper-Hewitt
The design museum's garden doesn't open until May 1, but you really don't need it. Instead, settle down in the Conservatory, a glass-walled retreat with a domed ceiling, cushioned (and heated!) benches along the windows, a design element that changes with each new exhibition and a view into the gated backyard. 2 E 91st St at Fifth Ave (212-849-8400, cooperhewitt.org). $15, seniors and students $10, children under 12 free.

Garden Court at the Frick Collection
Who doesn't love a fountain? This one is inside steel tycoon Henry Clay Frick's opulent mansion, and it's the centerpiece of a column-lined court. The oasis used to be a circular driveway, but it's now a refreshing spot for thinking, sitting or (in some cases) proposing. 1 E 70th St at Fifth Ave (212-288-0700, frick.org). $18, seniors $12, students $5.

The Noguchi Museum
Open year-round, this outdoor Eden offers the serenity of a Japanese garden with the simplicity of the master sculptor's stone and metal creations. 9-01 33rd Rd between Vernon Blvd and 10th St, Long Island City, Queens (718-204-7088, noguchi.org). $10; seniors and students $5; museum members, NYC public high-school students and children under 12 free. First Friday of every month pay what you wish.

 

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