Museum Guidelines

Museum Manners

Paying attention to these simple rules will help ensure that everyone’s visit to NOMA is a pleasant and enriching one:

  • Works of art are fragile, so the oils, salts, and acids of our skin can damage the art. As our preservation partners, do not touch the art, walls, or cases.
  • To prevent accidents, please walk in the museum and keep a safe distance of 3 feet between you and the art and display cases.
  • Many people will be sharing the galleries. To make sure everyone has a positive experience, please silence cell phones and keep voices low.
  • Please leave the following prohibited items at home: lunch bags, book bags, large purses, food, drink, gum, pens, and markers. You may be asked to check large items and umbrellas in the FREE Coat Check Room.

Garden Guidelines

  • Stay on the pathways and mowed lawns for your safety as well as the safety of the sculptures and plants.
  • Sculptures may be damaged by touching. Please refrain from touching all works except Allison Saar’s Travelin’ Light.
  • 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.
  • Food and drink may be enjoyed at one of City Park’s many dining locations. Picnicking is not allowed in the Sculpture Garden.
  • Service dogs are welcomed, but pets are not allowed.
  • Bicycles, skateboards and motorized transportation should be enjoyed outside the Sculpture Garden.