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Rubin Museum of Art
150 West 17 Street
New York, New York
Chelsea

Monday 11 am – 5 pm
Wednesday 11 am – 9 pm
Thursday 11 am – 5 pm
Friday 11 am – 10 pm
Saturday & Sunday 11 am – 6 pm

This serene museum connects the arts and cultures of the Himalayas to contemporary life, exploring universal themes like happiness, consciousness, and the cosmos. Lots of vivid paintings and statues of animals and interesting demons (and maybe your kids will pick up some zen vibes).

$: $15, $10/students & seniors, free/ ages 12 & under

Annual Memberships: $65+.

Free Hours: Friday 6 - 10 pm

Current Kid-Friendly Exhibits:


Khandroma: Himalayan Wind (through Jun 30)

Sacred Spaces invites visitors to reflect on devotional activities in awe-inspiring places. For the second iteration of the exhibition, the Rubin Museum commissioned an installation by Soundwalk Collective in collaboration with sound artist that transports visitors to the high Himalayas through sound. The sounds in and surrounding the world’s highest monasteries—the flapping of prayer flags, the chanting of blessings, the echoes of wind from the valley below, and the interplay of sound and silence – are be presented as a multi-channel audio installation through state-of-the-art speakers, creating an immersive and meditative experience. Visitors can also interact directly with Khandroma by playing individual tracks from the soundscapes at dedicated listening stations. A video installation filmed by Soundwalk Collective’s founder Stephan Crasneanscki complements the audio experience by showing cyclic, kaleidoscopic imagery of prayer wheels and prayer flags .


The World Is Sound (through Dec 31)

Learn to listen with your whole body. Explore how sound and our sense of hearing shape our daily lives, our traditions, our history, and all of existence. Organized cyclically—from creation to death to rebirth—the exhibition explores different dimensions of sound and listening and its many functions in Tibetan Buddhism. Featuring work by more than 20 artists, The World Is Sound juxtaposes new site-specific commissions and works by prominent contemporary sound artists with historical objects from the museum’s collection of Tibetan Buddhist art to encourage reflection on how we listen and to challenge entrenched ways of thinking.

Family Programs: Enjoy family-friendly activities every Sunday from 1-4 pm. At family art labs the second Saturday of every month, kids 5 and up are invited to explore intriguing paintings, sculptures, and objects in the museum's exhibitions with a related creative workshop.

Strollers/Diapers: Spacious elevators & galleries (though the spiral stairs are very tempting) and bathrooms with changing tables.

Eat & Treats: Try seasonal specialties inspired by the Himalayas, including Thali plates and handmade traditional momo dumplings in peaceful Cafe Serai in the lobby. Kids menu available.

Other Tips: Pick up a free Yak Pack Family Activity Bag at the admission desk that encourages children ages 2 to 8 to explore, create and discover in the gallery with animal scavenger hunt activity cards, bendy wire play activity cards and bendy wire, feeling faces activity cards and drawing pads, mirror and pencils.

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