Nestled in the Chelsea neighbourhood of Manhattan, this non-profit museum is entirely dedicated to Himalayan art. It boasts the largest collection of religious art in the West from Nepal, Tibet, and Bhutan as well as India, Mongolia, and China.
The Rubin Museum of Art is located in what was once the women’s section of a Barney’s department store. It features long spiral staircase that passes through the six storeys of the museum, which showcase a series of changing exhibitions from other museums as well as the Rubin’s own renowned permanent collection of over 2,000 works.
The exhibits feature a captivating array of objects from Buddhist art to Tibetan rugs to Nepalese sculpture. There are numerous scroll paintings (thangka) in the museum’s holdings, as well as thousands of fascinating artifacts including masks, textiles, and illuminated manuscripts.
The RMA also offers a full calendar of live music, films, talks and performances. There are several family programs available including art workshops for children.