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Review of Rubin Museum of Art

Rubin Museum of Art
Ranked #85 of 1,068 things to do in New York City
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Owner description: The Rubin Museum of Art is an arts oasis and cultural hub in New York City's vibrant Chelsea neighborhood that inspires visitors to make powerful connections between contemporary life and the art and ideas of the Himalayas, India, and neighboring regions. With a diverse array of thought-provoking exhibitions and programs-including films, concerts, and on-stage conversations-the Rubin provides immersive experiences that encourage personal discoveries and spark new ways of seeing the world. Emphasizing cross-cultural connections, the Rubin is a space to contemplate the big questions that extend across history and span human cultures.
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“nice museum for South Asian art”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2013

I enjoyed my visit at the Rubin museum because it is not one of these huge places where you have to spend hours. Right now they got very good stuff from the Brooklyn museum and there was also a great tour by one of the curators. Didn't try the restaurant, but the smell was enticing!

Visited October 2013
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San Francisco, California
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“Little-known gem of a museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2013

The Rubin Museum specializes in the art of the Himalayas, defining the Himalayas broadly to include India and Mongolia as well as Tibet, Nepal and Bhutan. Most of the space is devoted to temporary exhibits, drawn either from the museum’s own excellent collection or from outside lenders, with several exhibits running at any given time. The exhibits often include videos.

For example, the day we were there was an exhibit, borrowed from a museum in Vienna, on the Naga peoples of far eastern India. This exhibit included beautiful statues and textiles, some fascinating videos depicting Naga ceremonies, and even a couple of human skulls turned into artworks (the Naga are, or at least were, headhunters).

The display at the Rubin is magnificent. The building is a former department store adapted perfectly to museum use. Every item on display is well-lit and given ample space in which to breathe.

The bookstore has a superb collection of Himalayan-related items – books, CDs, textiles, reproductions. The museum’s Café Serai serves delicious South Asian food.

We visited on a Sunday in September, and there were only a few other visitors. On the one hand, it’s a delight to spend time in a first-class museum so uncrowded. On the other hand, a museum this good should be better-known and better-attended.

Visited September 2013
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“Great collection of Himalayan art”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2013

It's a small sized collection of select Indian, Chinese and Tibetan art that's exhibited really well. It's informative, there are interactive kiosks where you can learn more, the exhibit descriptions themselves tell a story. The shrine room is a must watch!

Visited September 2013
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Long Beach, NY
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“Himalayan Art in a Serene Setting”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2013

Rubin Museum of Art: Himalayan art in a serene setting. Thoughtfully planned galleries, centered by a six story spiral staircase. An elegant and relaxing museum.

Visited September 2013
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Silver Spring, MD (USA)
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“Great Collection”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2013

Worth the trip if you have never been. I learned many new things about Asian culture. Displays and write-ups were educational, and several staff members offered to go into greater detail.

Visited September 2013
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