On the corner of 17th Street and 7th Avenue in the heart of Chelsea—in the former Barneys building—the Rubin Museum of Art celebrates artwork from the Himalayas, including the Tibetan Plateau and surrounding regions in Nepal, Bhutan, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, China and Mongolia.Thousands of pieces of art spanning fifteen centuries delight the senses and challenge the mind in a space that aims to bridge eastern and western cultures.
What to see at the Rubin Museum of Art
Since opening in 2004, the Rubin Museum provides visitors with myriad things to see and experience. The permanent collection offers multimedia and photographic works that put the artistic traditions of the region into context. There you can see ancient and contemporary works from fine art to daily life, including sculpture and painting, musical instruments, daily goods, and ritual objects. The remaining three galleries are dedicated to hundreds of exhibitions and programs changing year-round, such as a look into the architecture of Lhasa, the holy capital of Tibet, and a study into weather and ritual in Nepalese seasons.
For the truly zen-minded, the Rubin hosts regular series on thought-provoking themes like meditation, understanding consciousness and yoga.
Visitors should also visit the museum’s Café Serai, where the menu highlights flavors from Tibet, India and the Himalaya region at large. The museum shop is a destination for unique finds such as textiles, artisan jewelry and works of art from, and inspired by, the Himalayas and Asia.