Rubin Museum of Art, a different side of the Himalayas

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Rubin Museum of Art, a different side of the Himalayas

Take an artistic and spiritual journey through Himalayan culture, with the collections at the Rubin Museum.

More than 1,500 years of history are on display at the Rubin Museum. Founded by Donald and Shelley Rubin using their private collection, the museum is devoted entirely to art developed in the foothills of the Himalayas. From the Tibetan Plateau to the most remote mountain regions of India, Bhutan, Nepal, China and even Mongolia, here you can explore the diversity of Himalayan culture, inspired by the philosophies of Buddhism and Hinduism.

Wander among the 4,000 artworks and rare objects that make up the permanent collection, interspersed with explanations of the symbols, ancient figures and techniques used. If you do not have time to see all the collections at the Rubin Museum, be sure to visit “Gateway to Himalayan Art”, which is made up of artistic and historical artefacts spanning a period of over a thousand years. Meanwhile, the Tibetan Buddhist Shrine Room will immerse you in the aesthetic and traditions of this religion with sculptures, musical instruments, paintings, offering bowls and tools used during rituals. Artistic and spiritual in equal measure, this experience reveals a little-known side of Himalayan culture which is a far cry from the usual clichés.

Rubin Museum of Art
150 West 17th Street
New York, NY 10011

+1 212 620 5000