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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
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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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A Jewel Museum in the lower East Side

Visiting this museum was a great experience. The building is tasteful and well organized, the size is on a human scale, and the exhibitions were lovely. On the day we visited the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Visiting this museum was a great experience. The building is tasteful and well organized, the size is on a human scale, and the exhibitions were lovely. On the day we visited the upper level had a fantastic exhibition of mask from Himalaya, Japan, Siberia and North West Cost. One level below we were greeted by a great exhibition of photographs... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A treasure for anyone with any interest in Himalayan or Indian art or religions of that part of the word, particularly Buddhism. Interesting permanent collection and often temporary exhibitions, currently including an excellent exhibition of Steve McCurry photographs. Smallest and most relaxing of the city's fine art museums in beautiful redesigned space that used to the original Barney's. Excellent gift... More 

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Concord, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was my second visit to the Rubin. We went to see the new shrine room exhibit and other new parts of the museum. We also ate in the cafe. They had a musical duo playing in the foyer that was very talented.What a treat! In the cafe, I had a chicken dish with red rice. My wife and son... More 

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Eastchester, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum is chock full of fabulous Himalayan art -the shows change frequently and are often surprise and amazing adventures. During the Fall/Winter 2015-2016 there is an outstanding photo show of Steve McCurry's images from India. Not to be missed!

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Teaneck, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This intimate museum (although 6 floors of art) is easy to navigate. There are floors devoted to Tibetan, Indian and works from Nepal. As a world traveler having been to India and Nepal, I appreciated what I was viewing. The Buddhas and the explanations that were displayed made for an educational experience. The floor of photography was wonderful....mask collections also.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Centrally located in the heart of Chelsea in a beautiful building. The museum is small but has a great collection. I recently joined as a member. Perfect for a rainy afternoon.

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Cape Cod, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Excellent small museum - wonderful exhibits - but not overwhelming as The Met or MOMA can be sometimes. The current Steve McCurry India photo exposition is superb ! We just saw it (Jan 6,2016)-- if you can get there before it ends (ends Apr 4, 2016) -- DO GO ! It is outstanding !!

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Amherst, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

This museum focuses on Himalayan art. It is small enough to be seen in around two hours which I think is the perfect amount of time to spend in a museum. There is a very interesting exhibit on how traditional religious objects, such as statues and paintings, are made. Also some great explanations of the meanings of sacred symbols. Sitting... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

Superb location to hear poetry reading. One reading was outstanding, given by the poet laureate of Nepal, Yuyutsu Sharma. Poetry with a backdrop of far eastern culture in art. Who could ask for more.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015 via mobile

The Ruben Museum of Art is small in scale and scope, but it is very soothing place. They focus on art from India and the Himalayas regions and the atmosphere is contains the meditative aspect of those cultures. Excellent Indian photography exhibition.

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