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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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Buddha Buddha Everywhere!!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 stars 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 stars 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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Stamford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016

We stumbled into this museum when we were looking to explore for a few hours. We were impressed from the very moment we walked in. We had no idea what to expect and left with an understanding and appreciation for Himalayan art. The explanation of the interpretation of the art was fascinating. They also have a meditation room (which may... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2016

The Rubin is a treasure filled with the art and sculpture of the Himalayas . One of the best things is the model of a home shrine upstairs. The docents are excellent and the restaurant is superior

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016 via mobile

I was blown away by this museum. The art is so beautiful. The environment is lovely and they do a great job explaining things to you.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

Recently visited the Rubin Museum in NYC and found the Nepal Buddhism art work and temple shrine room to be enlightening! (Pun intended!!!) The evening would not be complete without their Tapas/Vodka Lounge with ambient lighting and ethnically engaging music in the background! I give this museum a full Lotus position!!!!

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