I have heard about the Rubin for years and finally two years ago I have made my first visit and since became a member. I have only good things to say about the Rubin.
While as the name implies the core of the collection and the exhibit are about art and culture of the Himalayas from time to time there are exhibitions, which because of their broader scope, include art of other lands religions and cultures. Recently there was a breathtaking exhibition of the art of the Naxi (people in Northwest China) and a spectacular one juxtaposing Buddhist and early Christian imagery.
The museum is conveniently located, well designed and well maintained. It is not as well attended as some of the larger museums where endless streams of people promenade not even looking at art - it is for the better because one has a chance to absorb what one is looking at in silence and without being jostled.
The labeling of the work is extensive and educational and on each floor there is a multimedia nook where one can look up additional references online or peruse books and catalogs relating to the subject.
The opening and other events are very pleasant. For those on a restricted budget admission on Friday evenings is free.
I love this museum because exhibitions showing items from their collections and those on loan are full of breathtaking material, always interesting and a treat for the visually engaged person.
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