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“Friday night!”

Rubin Museum of Art
Ranked #70 of 1,099 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.
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“Friday night!”
Reviewed March 29, 2013 via mobile

Go on Friday night when the museum is free and there is a cocktails/appetizer service by the bookstore. Gorgeous art with great explanations - sculpture, painting, murals. Terrific bookstore with lots of Buddhist books among other things. A must do.

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New York City, New York
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“My favorite small museum in New York City”
Reviewed February 5, 2013

It was not that long ago that I first heard about the Rubin Museum. Its subject matter, art of the Himalayan lands, is of great appeal to me, and I love going there. Most recently, my wife and I went there on a date - on Friday evenings, admission is free, and they play music, which you can hear throughout the museum through the open center staircase. The cafe serves lovely light fare for purchase, and it is very romantic!

Visited June 2012
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New York
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“Great smaller museum in NYC”
Reviewed January 23, 2013

Great, sexy museum date. Go on a friday night when there is free admission and they play music (there's even a bar/restaurant). I'd say this is one of the best museums I've ever been to, and I've been to a lot. There are great exhibitions of things that you don't usually see in more mainstream focused museums. Hopefully the Tibetan shrine room sticks around, as it is my favorite part of the museum.

Visited November 2012
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Seattle, Washington
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“Gorgeous Himalayan Asia collection”
Reviewed January 23, 2013

I went for K2 Friday night at the Rubin and had a lovely evening. Very very impressive collection!! The art work paints an amazing story of the Asian countries in the Himalayan region. Great learning opportunities and teaching moments threaded into the display. The photography exhibit on the bottom floor is most interesting!

Admission to the galleries is free from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m Friday nights. There is no cover charge for K2 Lounge.

Highly recommended cultural experience here in NYC! Easy to get to - just off the 1 subway line and very close to A,C,E subway line.

Visited December 2012
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Silverthorne, Colorado
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“Detailed, thorough study of Tibet, Buddhism, art, histroy”
Reviewed January 15, 2013

Take a previous center of material attractions and turn it into a center of detachment for material pleasures...Well Done! The museum is organized extremely well, the didactic discourses on audio as well as written materials. The experience was educational as well as intriguing and fun for the family. Leaned much about the fine points of art and history from different regions of the himalayas, the different subtypes of Buddhism, the religious motifs, the "technical details" as well as experience sitting in front of a life-sized buddhist temple/altar! Downstairs was a photographic exhibition of a famous photojournalist, upstairs works of modern Indian artists. Experienced artistic expressions from far sides of the world, from different times in history under one roof. The museum had a pleasant ambience, including a unique gift store with unusual and interesting items, a Himalayan cuisine, and ample room to stroll and explore. Highly recommended....

Visited January 2013
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