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Rubin Museum of Art

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Address: 150 West 17th Street, New York City, NY 10011
Phone Number: +1 212-620-5000
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Description: The Rubin Museum of Art is an arts oasis and cultural hub in New York...
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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Unusual and worth a look!

My wife and I were looking for something different when we went to NYC this year and we found it at the Rubin. The Rubin is not your standard issue art museum. Its specialty is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
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Lutherville, Maryland
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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

A private collection of art form the Nepal region. With so many other vast museums in NYC you can skip this one unless this specialized area of interest is your thing.

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Lutherville, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

My wife and I were looking for something different when we went to NYC this year and we found it at the Rubin. The Rubin is not your standard issue art museum. Its specialty is the art and culture of the Himalayas including Tibet, Nepal, India, Bhutan, and the surrounding area. We saw a fascinating exhibit entitled "Becoming Another: the... More 

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Sayville, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Not knowing what to expect the Western Asian Art was not what I was prepared for. It turned out to be wonderful. They present the art in a beautiful setting. We stopped in the cafeteria off the main entrance for lunch before walking around. The meal was wonderful - ingredients so fresh and prepared to perfection. You place your order... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

This museum focuses on Himalayan religious art, a field not many of us are acquainted with. Not to worry: there is lots of explanatory material about various aspects of Buddhism. This time there was an excellent special exhibition on masks and their role in religious and related ceremonies and festivals. Masks from the Himalayan region were augmented by masks from... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

I frequently go to the Rubin with my 2 kids, 12 and 5 yrs old. We enjoy the museum, the space, the exhibit, the uncrowded layout that allows you to enjoy. They also have kids activities that we enjoy at the end. I highly recommend the Rubin to all. (The museum is free to children 12 and under :)

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Cary, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

We started at the cafe for a bite -very nice farro salad and al ond crossant. Then we took a half hour tour learining abou the Tibetan masks. We continued to tour the rest of the museum which was enlightening. Well put together learning experience.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

Amazing artwork throughout this exhibit, and the price is right, only paid $5 for entrance. Worth every penny. Well laid out and informative. Added bonus of terrific store (jewelry is A+) and attached café.

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Chesterland, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

The Rubin Museum of Art is much unlike the larger, busier art museums in Mid-town Manhattan (such as MOMA) and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. First, it focuses on Asian Art, much of it from places we don't ordinarily see much of in central Asia, like Tibet and Afghanistan. Second, it is much smaller and more more focused. It's on... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015 via mobile

if you are looking for an off the beaten path oasis in New York try out this spot! It is a beautiful, serene museum & cafe. Even if Asian Art is not your favorite this is worth the trip. The building is unusual with just a few floors connected by a lovely stairway. There are plenty of quiet spots to... More 

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Munich, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

One of my "darling" museums in New York. Extremely informative all year long, with exquisite exhibitions and a great monthly offer of conferences, movies, etc. The whole museum breathes the quiet and highly emotional atmosphere of the Tibetan and Buddhist culture. An often forgotten place of culture in the highly diversified New York landscape.

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