Museum Guidelines

Respect the Artwork

Please help us protect the works of art by not touching.

Be Mindful of Other Visitors

Running or shouting are not permitted in the galleries.


Photos are welcome. Professional photography, including tripods, flash photography, and videography are not permitted. A permit is required for professional photography in the museum, on the front portico, or in the Besthoff Sculpture Garden. Click here for more details.


Materials used to sketch works of art must be dry media. Tablets measuring 8 1/2” by 14” or smaller are allowed in the galleries.

Coat Check

Large bags, backpacks, and umbrellas must be left at the coat check. Wheelchairs are available for check-out.

Food or Beverages

NOMA does not allow outside food or beverages, especially in the art galleries.

Proper Attire

Shoes and shirts are required to enter the museum and Besthoff Sculpture Garden.


Service dogs are welcomed to NOMA and the Besthoff Sculpture Garden, but please do not bring your pets.

Besthoff Sculpture Garden Guidelines

All museum guidelines apply to the outdoor sculptures and natural plantings in NOMA’s Besthoff Sculpture Garden.

Stay on the pathways and mowed lawns

This ensures your safety, as well as that of the Besthoff Sculpture Garden.

Running, climbing, and horseplay are not permitted

The Besthoff Sculpture Garden should be treated as an outdoor museum.

Do not disturb plants, insects, and wildlife

Many living creatures make their homes in the Besthoff Sculpture Garden. Please do not disturb these members of our ecosystem. Fishing is not permitted.

Picnicking is not permitted

Outside food and picnicking is not permitted in the Besthoff Sculpture Garden

No bikes or sporting activities

For your safety and that of other guests, bikes and vehicles are not allowed in the Besthoff Sculpture Garden. The garden’s meandering paths are wheelchair and stroller accessible. Wheelchair rentals are available at the main entrance.

No smoking

The Besthoff Sculpture Garden is a smoke-free environment.