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Rubin Museum of Art

150 W 17th St, New York City, NY 10011 (Chelsea)
212.620.5000
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Ranked #66 of 864 Attractions in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums, Art Museums
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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511 reviews 511 reviews
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264 helpful votes 264 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014 NEW via mobile

This is a great museum, set on six main floors that are circular in style grouped around a central staircase. This means you can work your way down floor by floor using the excellent central staircase with it's impressive carpet design. We particularly visited for the Marc Riboud photographs and were blown away by the range, quality and empathy with... More

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Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, United States
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34 reviews 34 reviews
24 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

The Rubin contains over 1,000 objects of art from all over the Himalayas and especially from Tibet. This used to be a Barney's department store, and it has been beautifully restored to display the art objects effectively. The central staircase carries the viewer up or down in a circular motion, providing astonishing vistas, whether climbing or descending. There are excellent... More

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westfield, nj
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58 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Very interesting Asian art in this little-known, off the beaten track museum. Well worth a visit. Great addition to a Greenwich village stroll.

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New York, New York, United States
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87 reviews 87 reviews
24 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Lovely museum, art of Nepal, Tibet and other areas of the Himalayas. Great exhibit and all very beautifully presented, tranquil mesuem experience without the huge crowds. They have a great gift shop and an unbelievalbly good Cafe. Cafe Serai, the chef Ali was from Buddahkan and Tabla two great Indian South East Asian restaurants. The food is just perfect, a... More

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New York, NY
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25 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

The Rubin Museum is surely the largest, most comprehensive collection in the West of art from the Himalayan region - Tibet, Nepal, northern Asia, Mongolia, Burma, and the mountainous regions. The collection, with frequent changing exhibitions, is utterly remarkable - mandalas, scrolls, sand paintings, and of course bronzes of the extraordinary Eastern deities. All of these are beautifully presented in... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

My wife and I recently visited the Rubin Museum for the second time. The main exhibits had changed since our last visit and this time they were featuring Tibetan Medicine and Masterworks including statues, thangka paintings and a recreated Tibetan shrine room. For the cost it was a good value considering we spent about 2 hours wandering the 4 floors... More

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Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

The Rubin Museum excels in presenting a wide variety of subjects in a very pleasant atmosphere. The exhibits are presented in such a way that they are easy to see and admire and explained clearly so they can be understood individually and as a part of the collective exhibition. When we went the presentation was on Tibetan Medicine with a... More

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Millstone, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

I came here after hearing about the Chelsea Block Party hosted by the museum. I came around noon, and the museum was relatively empty. I got the audio guide as I do at every museum, but for the first time, I actually didn't think it was necessary or added much to the museum. The descriptions on the plaques were informative... More

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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54 reviews 54 reviews
12 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

At the moment, the Rubin Museum has floors upon floors filled with incredible artifacts, sculptures, tapestries and paintings from areas around Asia with a primary focus on Buddhism. If you're interested in the religion, or just gazing at beautiful art then it's a wonderful way to spend a couple of hours. The information by each exhibit is really detailed both... More

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Maplewood, New Jersey
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

We all know and love the great museums of NYC, however, The Rubin Museum has also become one of my favorites. Every time I visit, I experience a peaceful and WOW emotion for the art that this museum exhibits. Its never crowded but you need two or more hours if you really want to take it in. We had a... More

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