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“Beautiful space”

Rubin Museum of Art
Ranked #79 of 1,103 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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“Beautiful space”
Reviewed 5 June 2014

NYC has everything, so the fact that it has a museum dedicated to Himalayan art shouldn't be a surprise. But for some reason I was surprised, albeit pleasantly, to learn about this as a student while taking a Tibetan Buddhism class in college. A Friday night visit was idyllic - they are open late, and it's free (!) on Friday evenings. Slowly wandering the galleries at night, and stepping out into the springtime air in the Village later is about as surreal as it gets. This may be one of the best located museums in Manhattan, and one of the most beautiful spaces. It also has a gorgeous tea shop on the bottom floor, and event spaces in the basement.

The space is absolutely beautiful, and the exhibits were pretty fascinating (a note - they will be more fascinating if you know some of the history of the religion / culture beforehand. A visit with my mom featured a comment to the effect of "I would love that on my mantlepiece", which is high praise, but maybe shows that the exhibits are a little esoteric (I felt the same way). After all, it is an art museum, so half the experience consists of wondering why something is notable (at least to us non-cultured 'brutes').

Still, for a non-major museum, it's a beautiful and veritable institution, and I'm sure fans of Asian art will find it fantastic.

Visited May 2014
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“Hidden gem”
Reviewed 25 May 2014

Never knew about this place before but it was close to where we were staying. Marvelous collection of Himalayan art on 6 floors. Well laid out and fascinating. Excellent cafe on the ground floor. Helpful staff. Highly recommend it!

Visited May 2014
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Clinton, CT
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“Very fine collection for persons interested in history of Buddhism and Hinduism”
Reviewed 23 May 2014

This is a fresh and vibrant presentation of Himalayan religious art. Its six floors are organized so that you can concentrate on the areas you find most interesting. New topics are being steadily introduced, and the Rubin borrows from other collections. The displays allow you to get much closer to the artifacts than in most museums. This is a reverent experience, and people who have an interest in South and East Asian religion cannot fail to come away moved, refreshed, invigorated. The museum is "right-sized and can be thoroughly enjoyed in two hours.

Visited May 2014
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Alexandria, Virginia
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“Wonderful museum”
Reviewed 16 April 2014

Hidden gem in New York with beautiful art - its one of the most peaceful places I've ever been. Their music series is spectacular!

Visited June 2013
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New York City, New York
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“Another NYC Gem”
Reviewed 15 April 2014

If Asian culture is on your radar, you naturally must go to the Rubin. The moment you are in the door, you get a sense of a the counterpoint to Western sensibility. There is an atmosphere of peacefulness here that is different to other museums or exhibit spaces. I like to go on Friday nights as it is free! (no, I'm not a cheapskate, but you know, you save when you can)... but also because there is a way COOL bar scene with 1/2 price well drinks and a DJ - and not to forget that the restaurant serves excellent Asian food (leaning toward Indian/Himalayan rather than Chinese or Thai). It's a terrific place to people-watch. The gift shop is also great with a wide variety of books and crafts that will certainly tempt you into taking home for friends... though you may end up deciding to keep the cool stuff yourself.
Of course, the main point is the art and there is plenty to see. Buddhism is particularly well represented and currently there is an exhibition about Tibetan medicine. On certain nights, the Rubin also hosts sleep-overs (bring your sleeping bags and pajamas!). Oh... and there are movies and lecture series. Get the schedule from the website and set aside the time. You won't be disappointed.

Visited April 2014
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