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Rubin Museum of Art

150 W 17th St, New York City, NY 10011 (Chelsea)
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Ranked #65 of 856 Attractions in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums, Art Museums
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New York, NY
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75 reviews 75 reviews
23 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 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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41 reviews 41 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 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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18 helpful votes 18 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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36 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
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
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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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36 reviews 36 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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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Groton, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

The Rubin Museum of Art, located @ 150 West 17th Street, was a lovely discovery. I arrived just before a free tour @ 1 pm and joined the small group. The tour was on the 6th floor and a presentation of Buddhas was given. The galleries offered Buddha history from several countries as well as The Art of Tibetan Medicine.... More

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Des Moines, Iowa
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28 reviews 28 reviews
6 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

Get away from the crowds and see something Different. This is one of my Must See Museum's of the World! A true GEM in New York City! Even if you don't have an interest in Himalayan Art you will get something very special out of the visit. They have events too that are open to the public to attend too.... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

This was a different take on a museum. My friend and I were visiting New York and doing everything "touristy" that we could. We enjoyed this little gem. There isn't much variety, but it is still work going. You can get a discount if you are a student at any school or college!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

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... More

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