Museum Guided Tours
Look Deeply, Think Deeply, Feel Deeply
Whether on your first visit or your tenth, guided tours at the Rubin Museum of Art are ideal for visitors of all ages to connect with the ideas, cultures and art of Himalayan Asia. Museum tours led by our knowledgeable guides can be designed to reflect a variety of themes based upon your group's interests.
The Rubin Museum offers a variety of private tours for schools, summer camps, colleges, seniors, alumni groups, organized tour and travel groups and general-interest groups. Our guide program is tailored to each group visit and provides an insightful look into Himalayan art, weaving themes with current exhibitions and provoking discussion. Visitors will leave with the tools to understand and appreciate Himalayan art and heritage.
Thematic Tour Options for Adult Guided Group Tours
An Out-of-Office Experience: Team Building at the Rubin Museum
Amid a world class collection of Himalayan art, our experienced guides lead an immersive tour that is specifically designed to engage your team. This tour uses the art on view to examine work styles and encourage collaboration, engage communication, and spur critical thinking skills. The experience is designed to empower your team members to appreciate various work styles and build connections with each other.
Sacred Art & Common Ground: Making Personal Connections with Himalayan Art
Most Himalayan art is designed to demonstrate religious teachings from both Buddhist and Hindu traditions. However, many of these concepts reflect universal themes applicable across cultures. Alongside a museum Guide, explore diverse perspectives and find personal connections within the Rubin Museum’s galleries.
Femininity and Form
Female figures populate many artworks in the Rubin Museum collection. Through a guided tour, become acquainted with the leading ladies of Buddhist and Hindu artworks, while also learning to decipher the various symbols and iconography used to depict female energies in Himalayan art.
Peace and Wrath: The Many Faces of Compassion
Peaceful and wrathful images, however serene or scary, beautiful or bizarre, are created to illustrate everyday human tendencies and energies. With the help of a museum Guide, learn about the symbolic transformation of fierce and gentle depictions in Himalayan art.
Building Blocks of Buddhist Art: Materials & Processes from the Himalayas
Join a museum Guide and uncover the techniques and materials used in creating traditional Himalayan art, from thangka paintings and textiles to hollow cast and repoussé sculptures.
To schedule a group tour, please fill out the Adult Group Reservation Form.
Tours are generally one hour, but can be modified to accommodate a group’s schedule. Tour guides are $65 per hour plus the cost of individual admission. One guide is assigned to every fifteen people. Reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance. Group menus are available for Serai. Foreign Language Tours are available upon request.
The Rubin Museum offers daily public tours of special exhibitions and the permanent collections and associated tours for select programs. For a listing of all our daily public tours, please visit our calendar.
The museum welcomes all visitors and offers guided tours and programs to accommodate all audiences, including verbal description and touch tours and American Sign Language-interpreted tours. Visit our accessibility page for more information.