The unique art and culture of Tibet has inspired more than a few passionate collectors. One of the earliest and most prolific was Jacques Marchais, a Cincinnati native who lived much of her life in Staten Island. While she never actually visited Tibet, her long association with academics and collectors helped her amass an impressive selection of art and artifacts which is now on display in a museum she designed and built in residential Staten Island.
What You Will See
The museum's collection was founded on Marchais' own collection but has since received numerous donations from other collectors looking for an institution that shares their interest in Tibetan culture. Marchais' collection is made up of over 1,000 objects, including paintings, furniture, sculptures, and instruments from Tibet and surrounding regions. A selection of these is on display, together with recent acquisitions, in the peaceful, quiet building she designed for that purpose.
Why You Should Go
The Museum of Tibetan Art does not get a lot of accidental foot traffic. Nestled on a quiet residential street, it is an unlikely location for a collection of such renown. Parking is difficult, signage is non-existent, and public transportation options are limited. But if you can overcome these limitations--the spot is a popular destination for cyclists--you will be treated with a building whose design, staff and collection embody the tenets of Tibetan philosophy which so inspired Jacques Marchais.