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.
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