Sculpture Garden Guidelines

Covid-19 Reopening Information

The health and safety of our guests, staff, and collection are our highest priorities. Here is what you can expect:

  • Admission: Museum Members are free (Join now) | Adults: $5 | Seniors, military, university students: $3 | Visitors 19 years and under are free | Healthcare workers and first responders are free through December 31, 2020
  • The garden is open to visitors Wednesday through Sunday (closed Mondays and Tuesdays)
  • Hours: Seniors and immuno-compromised only: 9:30–10:30 am | General public: 10:30 am–5 pm
  • No social gathering will be permitted. Please visit by yourself or with those from your household.
  • If you are not feeling well, especially if you have a fever, please stay home and return to visit the garden at a later date.  
  • Visitors to the garden will remain at 25% capacity.
  • The Pavilion in the garden will remain closed for the time being.
  • Gallery attendants will be on site to monitor social distancing and foot traffic flow. DOWNLOAD A MAP
  • All visitors will enter and exit through the main entrance of the garden (by the Dueling Oaks). Markings on the ground at the entrance will ensure visitors stand 6 feet apart, should a line need to form.
  • Markings around sculptures will ensure a distance of six feet is maintained.
  • We ask that visitors wear face masks as per CDC, state, and city guidelines. Face masks will be available for purchase upon entry.
  • Entrances and the central bridge will have sanitizing stations for visitors.
  • Garden facilities, including restrooms, will undergo enhanced cleaning protocols throughout the day.

Sculpture Garden Guidelines

The Besthoff Sculpture Garden is the outdoor gallery of NOMA. Our sculptures and plantings are very important. Museum behavior applies.

  • All ages are welcome. We recommend holding hands with the youngest and fastest children.
  • Stay on the pathways and mowed lawns for your safety as well as the safety of the sculptures and plants.
  • Keep your distance. Please do not touch or climb on the sculptures. Our skin has oils that damage the works of art.
  • Capture memories with your personal cameras. Filming or photography requiring equipment or exclusive use of an area is prohibited.*
  • Running, climbing, and horseplay are not allowed in the Sculpture Garden. It should be treated as an outdoor museum.
  • Many varieties of plants, wildlife, and insects make their homes in the Sculpture Garden. Please do not disturb these valuable members of our ecosystem.
  • Speak in a normal voice. Other visitors could be disturbed by shouting.
  • Dispose of trash in proper receptacles.
  • Relax. Benches are located around the garden. Enjoy a bite to eat at Café NOMA inside the museum. Picnicking is not allowed in the Sculpture Garden.
  • Service dogs are welcomed, but please do not bring your pets.
  • Sporting activities are not permitted, including skateboards, bicycles, or rollerblades.
  • The Garden is a smoke free environment.
  • Take a stroll or roll. The garden’s many meandering paths are wheelchair and stroller accessible. Wheelchair rentals are available at the main entrance.
  • Shoes and shirt are required to enter the Sculpture Garden.

*Permits and fees are required for professional photo shoots. Please contact Maura Minteer, Private Events Manager, at (504) 658.4139 or for more details.