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“very nice museum, off the beaten path”

Rubin Museum of Art
Ranked #85 of 1,077 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.
New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“very nice museum, off the beaten path”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 22, 2012

Focusing on Asian art and culture, this museum offers a focused alternative to Manhattan's much larger art museums. It also tends to be less crowded, which allows you to linger and move at your own pace. The cafe is very nice.

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“One of the best museums I've ever visited”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2012

This museum features art of the Himalayas. Mostly pieces from Tibet.

It was incredibly well designed and laid out. Everything was well labeled and it was so interesting to learn about the different asian cultures. They even have free tours. We didn't need one though, as we could just wander at our own pace and still follow the signs to see things in the correct laid out order.

Words can't describe how amazing this museum was and in how easy they make it to learn about how Chinese & Indian have influenced art and religion in Tibet and the Himalayas.

There was a great comic book exhibition in the basement going on too with some terrific comics from Tibet/Nepal/India.

Can't wait to go here again on my next trip to NYC! And it's so cheap to get in - only $10.

I would not recommend bringing children to this museum. They would be bored.

Visited December 2011
1 Thank VTJedi
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Central NJ
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“Fascinating, organized timeline of the art of the Himalayas”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2011

I decided to take a solo trip into the city yesterday just to see this museum. If you are at all interested in meditation, Buddhism, or Tibetan art, you should really visit this place. It is a logically designed museum constructed of six floor with a main spiral starcase in the center. The idea is to work your way up or "ascend" to the next level. Within each level there is a histray layed in in timeline fashon. Be sure to download the free iTunes U audio guided tours of each floor at home before you go- load them into your ipod or iphone and you can walk around the museum with your own free audio tour for an even more in-depth experience.

I was in no hurry and I took my time and I was able to tour everthing on the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th floors and it took me just over three hours. I didn't get a chance to visit the comic exhibition in the basement or the top floor but only because I needed to catch a train back to Jersey. So I would say to really see everything in depth and in no rush you should set aside about 4-4.5 hours.

Visited December 2011
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Plainfield, New Jersey
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“What I Didn't Know . . .”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2011

OK, I've never really paid much attention to Himalayan spiritual culture, but this museum has me interested. Beautiful space with well explained exhibits.

Visited December 2011
Thank Brian Thomas
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Kirkwood, MO
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“Mellowness in the heart of NYC”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 26, 2011

My prior knowledge of Tibetan art was minuscule, but I left this warm, pleasant space with a new found appreciation of Tibetan art and Buddhism.
Very informative and accessible and worth the entrance fee.

Visited December 2011
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