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Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art

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Address: 338 Lighthouse Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10306
Phone Number: 718-987-3500
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Description: Resembling a small Tibetan mountain temple, this unique museum showcases...
Resembling a small Tibetan mountain temple, this unique museum showcases objects of Tibetan, Nepalese, Tibeto-Chinese and Mongolian in origin, dating primarily from the 17th to 19th centuries.
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Quiet and Peaceful Respite

Like most cultural spots on SI this museum is under utilized and that may be a good thing as it's a quiet respite typical of the Tibetan monastery it is supposed to replicate... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 1, 2015
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Staten Island, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

This is a small and privately owned museum established many years ago by a wealthy art dealer and collector, and now run by a Board of Trustees. Located in the upper hills of Staten Island (yes, there are hills on Staten Island… and not just the ones made of NYC’s waste !) It is located far off the beaten path,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

This place is hard to get to for public transportation traveling city dwellers, but worth the trip. The middle of a residential neighborhood is not where you'd think a Tibetan art museum would be, but then again, Staten Island is full of surprises.

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Staten Island, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

Like most cultural spots on SI this museum is under utilized and that may be a good thing as it's a quiet respite typical of the Tibetan monastery it is supposed to replicate. Art, manuscripts, photos, furniture and fixtures showcase a lifetime of collecting and a passion for the region. It's worth the trip to see and decompress

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

This is one of the most beautiful places to visit on Staten Island. It is calm and peaceful, the views are gorgeous and the artifacts are truly magnificent. I have been there for guided meditations and highly recommed attendance for anyone seeking a peaceful escape into a calm quiet atmosphere.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

This is an interesting site with a lot of potential, but they need some TLC and updating. Interesting Tibetan objects, statues, altar, etc. The facility is in poor repair and the displays need more explanation. The gardens need a lot of work. There is some restoration work on an altar that may be the beginning. If you are in Richmondtown,... More 

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Staten Island, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

Hidden gem! An unexpected finding in a middle of Staten Island. Well maintained and perfectly arranged piece of Buddhist cultural attraction in suburban area of New York. Small but very cute museum.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

This place was very messy, everything was covered in dust. Garden was not in good shape. On top of that we had to pay entry fee. It has a lot of potential if maintained properly. I saw a review on tripadvisor and decided to go see the place but was disappointed.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

We visited this wonderful place last week and had a marvelous time. It was like being able to visit Tibet without ever leaving the island. Set back way up in the high land off a winding road sits this little gem of culture in NYC. There are actually two houses/buildings that hold artifacts and they are connected. The amount of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Hung on the ledge of a steep hill off a steep and windy road in a beautiful residential neighborhood on Staten Island is this totally unexpected oasis of Tibetan artifacts, art and literature. I'm not a Tibetan scholar, so i could only enjoy the setting but I could appreciate the several gardens. Each of the several gardens is discrete, calm,... More 

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Staten Island, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Understand when you set off for the Jacques Marchais that it is TINY! It's just someone's house.....a large, gorgeous, cliff-top house, but still a house, so don't expect the Met! If you love Tibetan art, this is for you, although expect to travel to mid-Staten Island and head to the top of a hill in a residential area. The grounds... More 

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