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“Unique Museum, worth seeing when in NY”

Rubin Museum of Art
Ranked #95 of 1,131 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.
Reviewed July 29, 2012

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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Reviewed July 26, 2012

This is a terrific museum of Hinslyan, Tibetan and Asian art. The woke first floor is a delious restaurant, very welcoming to just rest and drink tea. Open until 7:00 PM and on Fridays the restaurant converts to a party/bar with music and great gatherings.

Thank Pgigg
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Reviewed June 28, 2012

What a wonderful museum. The exhibits are well labeled, interesting & beautiful. If there is a tour offered definately join in! The guides are very knowledgable & engaging.

Thank Goingplaces1953
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Reviewed June 3, 2012

The Rubin has a very fine collection of religious art from Tibet, Nepal, and other parts of the Himalayas (Bhutan, India, China), installed in a beautiful circular exhibition space, a bit reminiscent of the Guggenheim. The only caveat I have, speaking as a person who has studied Tibetan Buddhist culture, is that the Rubin neglects the social and cultural context of the art, giving the impression that Tibet was all about religion, and nothing else. Certainly religion was of great importance in traditional Tibet, as it was in the European Middle Ages...but there were also governments, civil and foreign wars, an economy and social structure, all of which had their impact on art. A little less of the Shangri-la view of Tibet and a little more historical context would enrich this otherwise lovely little museum.

Thank Meyshe
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Reviewed May 25, 2012

The Rubin Museum is one of NYC hidden gems. Not overcrowed like the Metropolitan Museum or MOMA. It has a small, but impressive collection of religious art from the Himalayan region. They have great free tours, which explain the meaning and symbolism behind the artifacts. Very informative. Their restaurant, Setai, serves great wine, teas and eastern influence foods. The museum is very quiet and relaxing. Worth the trip.

Thank CityPeach
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