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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

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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Great Collection of Buddhist art

I went to the Rubin Museum twice during my 2016 visit to New York City. Once on the day they held their annual block party, and again to listen to a free performance at their... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 weeks ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I went to the Rubin Museum twice during my 2016 visit to New York City. Once on the day they held their annual block party, and again to listen to a free performance at their regular Spiral Music series. The museum's collection of art and artifacts from India, China, and Tibet are second to none, and the music series and... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2016

We went to K2; Friday Happy Hour sesson at Rubin Museum. A little date night with my wife. Nice setting , bar service was suspect, but table service was the way to go. Nice food chooses; Himalayan/ Indian cuisine. DJ creates a great ambiance. Check out the Great Exhibits.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2016

Beautiful deities and art from Asia. No need to go to Tibet to visit shrine. Amazing art collection from Asia and Jain art. Good Asian food in the cafeteria.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2016 via mobile

We visited this easily hidden museum in Chelsea Market on a free Friday night expecting very litttle. To our surprise, there were a few really informative exhibitions with great insight into Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism and Himalayan culture. Worth spending 3 hours here.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2016

The Rubin is a great museum for a travelers in NYC. It teaches you about each Buddha and what group their in. It explains some of the poses they do. The Rubin also tells you about the season in the Himalayas. It doesn't just have Buddha and art it teaches history. The room that replicates an actual temple is amazing... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2016

I joined the Rubin several years ago, prior to a trip to Bhutan and India. I wanted an overview of Buddhist art, culture and the impact of Himalayan geography in the peoples' lives. I have continued my membership in the Rubin and continue to experience the special (spectacular) programs, some only available to members, Living in NYC has many benefits.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2016 via mobile

What a surprise find! I had made a trip to India and Nepal last year do I was very interested in visiting this museum that focuses on Himalayan art and religion ( Buddhism, Hinduism, etc.). The art exhibits are spectacular- many religious paintings, objects, artifacts over many centuries. In addition, a spectacular reproduction of murals from inside a temple and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2016

Never knew this museum existed! Although I would not define myself as a Himalayan art enthusiast, I found this museum to be a hidden jewel. If you know nothing about the history of Buddhism, or the art that reflects it, the explanations provided are very instructional and well done, giving deeper meaning to what is on display. It's a very... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2016 via mobile

The Rubin is refreshing in its specificity, focused on Himalayan Art, and its very manageable size. Their special exhibitions often seek to connect the antiquities and religious objects in their collection to the present day. The Museum also offers unusual and interesting public ptograms.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2016

Went for a concert in their concert hall (Anat Fort Trio+), but arrived early enough to tour the first few floors of art. Beautiful art displayed beautifully. Lots of reference media (written, audio, & video) to learn more about the art and cultures of the Himalayas, India and neighboring regions, with a permanent collection focused particularly on Tibetan art. Nice... More 

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Home to hundreds of art galleries, beautiful brownstones, and one of New York’s newest and most popular attractions, Chelsea is one of the city’s jewels when it comes to neighborhood life. The contemporary art scene is an integral part of the neighborhood’s identity, with gallery openings almost every night of the week and countless exhibits to explore. As a longtime hub of gay culture in New York City, it’s also a diverse district with a vibrant nightlife scene. The opening of the High Line, an abandoned elevated train track transformed into a world-class pedestrian park, gave this neighborhood new life as a tourist destination. The High Line provides visitors with a tranquil, elevated space with incomparable views, providing an unparalleled way to experience the city.
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