About the Museum
The Rubin Museum is relatively new to the New York City landscape. But since its 2004 opening, it has become one of the finest cultural institutions in the city. Based on the private collection of Donald and Shelley Rubin, the museum is focused on the art and culture of Himalayas, particularly Tibet and Nepal. While popular for enthusiast of Buddist and Hindu art, the museum presents the region to novices, introducing visitors to the many traditions of this unique and historic region of the world.
What You Will See
The museum has six floors connected by a remarkable spiral staircase. The second and third floors are dedicated to the permanent collection, made up of statues, paintings, tools, and pottery from the various religious traditions of the Himalayas. Start your visit at the
Why You Should Go
Most encyclopedic museums have a department dedicated to Asian Art, with Buddist and Hindu statues and imagery. While the Rubin's collection may not be the largest, it is present with the most expertise and passion, dedicated more to introducing and educating visitors about the region than just the collection and curation of beautiful artifacts. Watch the calendar not only for changing exhibitions, but also for film series, lectures, and other fascinating events.