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“My favorite NYC Museum”

Rubin Museum of Art
Ranked #90 of 1,151 things to do in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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.
Reviewed March 8, 2012

Full disclosure: I am an art curator, so I am highly likely to check out a lot of art institutions when I visit New York, probably more than the normal visitor. A couple of years ago I visit the Rubin for the first time and was totally overwhelmed by how wonderful it is. It's a little out of the way but worth the jaunt. It's beautiful, and if you enjoy Asian art, you will be pleased with the Rubin's Himalayan collections. And there's something for everyone- whether you like contemporary or historical art, whether you are an adult or a child. For me, it's one of the most relaxing museums in the state, if not the country. Visit it!

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"buddhist shrine"
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"tibetan culture"
in 3 reviews
"religious objects"
in 3 reviews
"cultural context"
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"photo exhibit"
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"chelsea neighborhood"
in 3 reviews
"free admission"
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"gift shop"
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"on display"
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"vast collection"
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"several floors"
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"temporary exhibits"
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"special exhibition"
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"own pace"
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"new york"
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"an oasis"
in 4 reviews
"take your time"
in 4 reviews

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Reviewed February 26, 2012

Great tohave a museum that does focuses on an entirely different area/ culture than European /Western in a neighborhood that is not Museum Mile. Tibetan eastern art/ culture shown in its colorful comfortable exciting way.

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Reviewed February 25, 2012

This museum has the best atmosphere in all of NY. It's quiet and the walls are the colors of jewels. It feels like a sacred space. There is a spectacular spiral staircase from when the building housed Barney's. Either you are into Himalayan art (mostly, but not exclusively Buddhist), or you aren't, but the exhibitions are fascinating if you are. The museum is free on Fridays from 7 PM on, and happy hour in the very appealing cafe starts at 6 PM. I had one of the best museum tours I've ever taken at this museum.

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Reviewed February 9, 2012

A unique and beautiful museum, created by 1 couple, with magnificent art from all countries bordering the Himalayas, not just Tibet. Each work of art is well-curated, explaining the significance of each piece, and providing a background for any subjects portrayed in the paintings.
The restaurant has good food, appropriate for its setting.
On Friday nights, it's open free for dancing etc., if just viewing the art isn't enough.

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Reviewed February 6, 2012

The Rubin Museum of Art is a perfect bite-sized art and culture experience. The collection and exhibitions are devoted to the art of the Himalayas. The special exhibitions are well-conceived and beautifully installed. (The building was originally a high-end retailer, but it has been adapted to showcase art.) The public programs are especially rich and interesting, so plan your visit to coincide with a talk, film, concert, or tour. If you subscribe to the monthly e-newsletter, it's a useful tool for planning a visit.

The cafe, which is about to get a make-over, is a pleasant place to restore with a coffee an Asia-inspired snack. The gift shop brims with unusual gifts, so give yourself time to peruse the offerings.

The RMA is a good destination to package with an afternoon walk along the High-Line.

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