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Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art

Address: 338 Lighthouse Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10306
Phone Number: 718-987-3500
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Ranked #21 of 21 Attractions in Staten Island
Type: Art Museums, Museums
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Owner description: 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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Staten Island, New York
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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New York City, New York
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54 reviews 54 reviews
32 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
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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BATH
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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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Clinton, CT
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

If you are interested in Tibetan art and culture, you will find this a moving experience. The museum needs physical work, but this is a great collection of classic Tibetan artifacts.

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New York City, New York
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28 reviews 28 reviews
5 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

Nice garden to sit in and reflect. Collection of Art is a bit small and is located in one room. Place has weekly movie showings and provides tai chi every Saturday.

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Brussels, Région De Bruxelles-Capitale, Belgium
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3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

A nice little gem hidden out on Staten Island. Take the Ferry from Manhattan, see the view of Downtown from the water, then experience the calm and serene Staten Island, and find the exotic treasure of this great collection of Tibetan art and artefacts. Helpful and knowledgeable volunteers give information.

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Houston
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2013

We visited on July 18. While the museum is small and the items valuable, it is a long way by bus. From the time we left our hotel in midtown Manhattan via subway, bought sandwiches for lunch on the ferry, rode the S74 bus for about 45 minutes, and then hiked up Lighthouse Drive and its steep hill in the... More

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Flint, Michigan, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

The setting is beautiful, and there's a picture-worthy, tranquil little courtyard. The museum itself is a single room filled with statues. I realize it is called the "Museum of Tibetan Art," but I was a little disappointed to find it was purely art (specifically statues) and didn't offer any insight on Tibet at all - no glimpse into Tibetan life,... More

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2013

The first time I heard about the Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art, it was hard to believe that such a place exists on Staten Island. But the fact is that there are many surprises to be found on Staten Island if one cares to look, and this is just one of those places. One thing to keep in mind is... More

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