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“A Rare Treasure in NYC - Rarely known even by locals.”

Nicholas Roerich Museum
Ranked #338 of 1,103 things to do in New York City
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Owner description: The major center for the exhibition of paintings by Nicholas Roerich, a Russian-born artist who increased appreciation of the value of the cultural heritage of all nations.
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132 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
“A Rare Treasure in NYC - Rarely known even by locals.”
Reviewed September 15, 2013

I discovered the works of Nicholas Roerich many years ago when ready some of the Theosophical books and immediately wanted to view the originals as I knew, from the description of his unique techniques, that no reproduction could ever capture the luminosity he imbued his work with. I did my research and found out about the museum in New York and made a special trip to see it. My experience was beyond my expectation both in the artistic value of the paintings and in the subject they represent.

Over the years I have personally taken friends to the museum and recommended it to many more. With a wide circle of friends in New York I continue to be amazed that hardly any of then knew they had such a treasure so near by.

The museum would be easily missed if you weren't looking for it specifically as it is in a three story brownstone on the upper west side identified only by the brass placque with "Nicholas Roerich Museum" and the building number "319."

As with so many friends I most highly recommend you take the time to search this out and spend a day enjoying the life's work of this great man - a Life of Luminous Color and Light.

Visited May 2013
2 Thank TaksuBali
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“Breath taking art in an oasis of civility”
Reviewed May 29, 2013

There is no shortage of art on display in New York City, but the venues displaying said art can be daunting. This splendid little museum is tucked away in an Upper West Side townhouse and it could not be lovelier. The venue is quiet and civilized, the collection stunning. Take an hour from your travails and reward yourself with a visit. You will love it.

Visited May 2013
3 Thank george_w_tush
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“Wonderful works”
Reviewed May 25, 2013 via mobile

I never knew who this guy was, but I was staying nearby so popped in- fantastic works, amazing use of colour and drama. Am officially a Nicholas Roerich fan now! If you can, I would definitely add this to your itinerary for something a bit different and a bit less known...

Visited May 2013
1 Thank Edwina H
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Southport, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 179 helpful votes
“A glimpse of Nirvana on the Upper West Side.”
Reviewed April 10, 2013

If you're looking at this review, the chances are that you're familiar with the works of Nicholas Roerich. If not, you might like to throw his name at your favourite search engine. You may be amazed at the result: he was an amazingly prolific painter and designer (some estimates mention over 7,000 works) and his connections involve such diverse icons as Richard Wagner, Igor Stravinsky and H.P.Lovecraft (his pictures were mentioned several times in 'At the Mountains of Madness').

This little museum, one of several throughout the World, is tucked into a quiet corner of the Upper West Side, in a sedate group of brownstones overlooking the Hudson. It's an amazing contrast, to step off the bustle of Broadway into a side street, and suddenly to find yourself in in a haven of tranquility. If you have a few hours to kill, and you're in the City, take the 1 train to Cathedral Parkway, and walk back a few blocks (or walk to the museum - it isn't that far from Midtown). You won't regret it.

The museum itself is an unimposing brownstone building, which gives no outward sign of being open, except for the brass plaque beside the door (and occasionally a flag). Inside, every wall is covered with Roerich's works (even the walls of the ground floor, where one can buy reproductions and postcards). It doesn't feel like one of the big New York museums - it feels more like visiting someone's home (the Frick is a bit like that,too) .

We spent a couple of hours here. Roerich had the ability to capture the spirit of the high places of the world, and a few hours looking at his pictures gave us a feeling of peace - the peace one feels when standing on a high mountain.

If you're in the City, and feel the need to decompress, this would be a good place to do it.

Visited April 2013
6 Thank Hans_Sachs
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Seven Corners, Virginia
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“Wonderful Insight Into Roerich's Life”
Reviewed October 30, 2012

Many people are unaware that this museum exists. I was aware of Nicholas Roerich as as person, but never knew he had a museum in NYC. It is a typical 3-store brownstone row-house that is easy to miss if there's no flag outside. There's an older lady can explain everything in English or in Russian. There's no fee, but there's a donation box. You can purchase reproduction of just about any of Roerich's paintings. Although, some of them don't convey the brilliance of the originals.
Each floor has easily 50 paintings and other memorabilia. Some of them left a really deep impression on me. Roerich produced around 5000 paintings and I hope they gradually rotate to display them all. I'll be visiting this place again in the future.

Visited October 2012
3 Thank Seth J
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