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I did not know anything about this museum in advance, assuming with the name Rubin it might be a... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
batterypark
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New York City, New York
What a beautiful museum!

This has been on my bucket list. I don't ordinarily gush at historic/prehistoric asian religious... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Cassandra M
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Baltimore
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I did not know anything about this museum in advance, assuming with the name Rubin it might be a Jewish museum. It is a great collection of art and artifacts from Tibet and Nepal. There was an interesting installation where you walked on tree stumps arranged in a pool.

The way they display everything is a definite plus. Space and lighting is used very well. They don't just put everything on the wall. There is some use of Ipods, lighting that only goes on when you approach the art (which may preserve the work better and also creates a neat effect) and use of sound in some places.

The building itself is also quite nice, with a beautiful central staircase and a really nice cafe on the ground floor.

Lastly, this is not a crowd scene. MOMA can feel like Times Square. The Met can feel like Grand Central Station. This is a place to relax and contemplate as you take in the experience.

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Reviewed 3 days ago

This has been on my bucket list. I don't ordinarily gush at historic/prehistoric asian religious art. This museum, however, taught me new things about the migration of Buddhism from India into the Himalayas. Besides that, it's just a gorgeous museum. I expected it to be a small museum of about 2 floors; instead it had 6 floors. Not overwhelming; perfectly proportioned. Do go, when you are in or near Chelsea.

Thank Cassandra M
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Small but an absolute gem, if Asian art is your thing, this is the perfect place. Not crowded and lovely pieces.
The attached cafe serves delicious food, a must stop after visiting.

Thank Lilly062
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Rubin Museum is dedicated to the Art and Religion of the Far East. Places like China, India, Nepal. Very exotic and different. You will learn what those philosophies stand for. You will gain insight into that world. Buddhism. Hinduism. The collection will leave you breathless, and should you care to meditate this is the place to do it. Try the music and the food. You'll like them too!

Thank Passport823887
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The exhibition space in the Rubin Museum is spread over several floors. The floors are not large, so all of the exhibitions can be viewed in a reasonable amount of time. The art works are mostly Tibetan and of a good quality. There are excellent wall displays explaining the various aspects of Tibetan religious art and how to better understand the exhibits. This was a good refresher for my knowledge of Buddhist art. There is also a very nice restaurant and gift shop located on the ground floor. They can be visited separately from the museum.

Thank InTheMomentManhattan
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Absolutely marvelous museum on the art, history, and religion of the Himalayas including wonderful, in-depth installations on Buddhism and Hinduism.

What makes this museum stand out is how accessible the displays are too the uninitiated. Prior to my visit, I did not have any background or understanding of Buddhism but the second floor exhibition gives you quite an interesting general overview on the religion. From explaining the story of the creation of the religion, the early Buddha's, Bodhisattvas, and best and most fascinating of all, how to understand and decipher a Buddhist mural.

There are five floors in the museum with the first floor acting as a cafe, restaurant and gift shop, the second floor being the before-mentioned introductory floor to the overarching themes of the museum, and the remaining three floors more specialized and varying displays on the art and culture of the Himalaya's.

Oh, and Fridays after 6 PM the admission is actually free!!

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

A beautiful building with a wonderful collection of art from the Himalayas and India. The most interesting part for us was the permanent collection focused on Tibetan art, the monument for the Anxious and Hopeful and the special exhibit of stepping wood blocks in a shallow water pool; walking on those was a form of meditation. The gift shop and cafe are a special treat and worth an additional hour to explore and experience. And, don't forget EVERY Friday from 6 pm - 10 pm the museum is free, you can order dinner and/or drinks in the cafe and they have great music. It is a perfect way to spend a Friday night.

Thank GBD_12
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Reviewed August 27, 2018

We went to this museum because we were interested in the theme of time that the 2018 exhibits were organized around. We were expecting something more interactive and thought-provoking to our non-Buddhist minds. It is mainly Buddhist paintings, sculptures, etc. with text describing what they are about. There is one short film that introduces the idea that an average American, an astrophysicist, and a Buddhist might all experience time differently. But that was it. Nothing in any of the exhibits follows up on that idea in a relatable way, unless perhaps you are well-versed with Buddhist texts and could glean more from the exhibits than we were able to.

We found the Anxiety and Hope walls at the entrance to be powerful, and getting a letter from a previous visitor was fun. So much more could have been done along these lines throughout the museum.

It is a nice physical space, very peaceful.

Thank Alice M
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Reviewed August 15, 2018

One of the best museums in NYC! Love the space and the exhibits are informative and interesting. MUST GO!

Thank Mark B
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Reviewed August 13, 2018

First off they had two amazing non exhibit things happen as you enter. The "What causes you anxiety and what gives you hope" wall was awesome... There were some heartbreaking answers and some really hopeful ones too... and the letter you get from previous guests was priceless too... So the collection was amazing. The location is tranquil and very peaceful. It matches the character of the works. It contained enough to satisfy a life time of study, yet still light enough for you to go and get through in an hour or two. Each of the floors contained 2 and 3 dimensional works from the beginnings of Buddhism to modern works. I would join and separate from the tour as I pleased... There were interactive aspects as well as plenty of reading about the collection for every level of viewer. The gift shop was filled with delights and great treasures from the regions covered by the museum. My daughter found something she could not be without! ha ha! The neighborhood has lots to see as well... especially for the thrift and flea shopper! I would like to go back when I had more time... or when I could spend multiple times there!

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