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“Nice small museum” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Rubin Museum of Art

Rubin Museum of Art
150 West 17th Street, New York City, NY 10011 (Chelsea)
+1 212-620-5000
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Ranked #79 of 912 things to do in New York City
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Owner description: 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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“Nice small museum”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2012

Housed in what was the original Barney's NY Dept store, the Rubin is a wonderful small collection of eastern art. There are several opportunities for free entrance such as on Friday evenings or Bank of America card member free weekends etc. We ateat the very nice museum cafe Setai, which is also accessible with entering the museum. Setai is great great place for a eastern influenced food. Many were enjoyingnpots of tea and coffee alone as well. Be sure to take one of the daily tours that comes with admission-helpful for orientation as eastern art comes from a totally different mind frame compared to western art.

Visited April 2012
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Sandusky, Ohio
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“Mid-size museum gives a peaceful look at religious art of the East.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2012

"The Rubin Museum of Art has the largest Western collection of religious art from cultures of the Himalayan mountain range, including those of Nepal, Tibet, and Bhutan as well as the interrelated traditions of India, Mongolia, and China."
Why I enjoy this museum:
1. Very peaceful. You can quietly take in the art of various mediums.
2. Not overwhelming in floorspace which can be a good thing. You might average
between 1- 1.5 hours for your visit.
3. The Meditation Room was a paticular high point.
4. Visually, the layout of the space is interesting
5. There is a gift shop, cafeteria & restrooms.
What I didn't enjoy:
1. Might not be engaging for ages under 16 yrs.

Visited May 2011
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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“My favorite NYC Museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2012

Full disclosure: I am an art curator, so I am highly likely to check out a lot of art institutions when I visit New York, probably more than the normal visitor. A couple of years ago I visit the Rubin for the first time and was totally overwhelmed by how wonderful it is. It's a little out of the way but worth the jaunt. It's beautiful, and if you enjoy Asian art, you will be pleased with the Rubin's Himalayan collections. And there's something for everyone- whether you like contemporary or historical art, whether you are an adult or a child. For me, it's one of the most relaxing museums in the state, if not the country. Visit it!

Visited March 2012
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New York
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“Rubin museum - different but interesting museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2012

Great tohave a museum that does focuses on an entirely different area/ culture than European /Western in a neighborhood that is not Museum Mile. Tibetan eastern art/ culture shown in its colorful comfortable exciting way.

Visited January 2012
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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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“Transported to a Himalayan temple”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2012

This museum has the best atmosphere in all of NY. It's quiet and the walls are the colors of jewels. It feels like a sacred space. There is a spectacular spiral staircase from when the building housed Barney's. Either you are into Himalayan art (mostly, but not exclusively Buddhist), or you aren't, but the exhibitions are fascinating if you are. The museum is free on Fridays from 7 PM on, and happy hour in the very appealing cafe starts at 6 PM. I had one of the best museum tours I've ever taken at this museum.

Visited February 2012
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