Rubin Museum of Art
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  • Hours
  • Today: 11 a.m - 5 p.m.

  • The museum is closed on Christmas, Thanksgiving, and New Year's Day.

  • The Cafe and the Shop are open during the museum hours.


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Planning a K–12 Self-Guided Visit

Bring your class on a self-guided visit to the Rubin Museum of Art as an exciting way to enhance your curriculum and expand student learning.

Please keep in mind that self-guided groups must also schedule their visit and be aware of our group visit guidelines.  All self-guided groups are welcomed to the museum with a brief 5–10 minute orientation by a museum staff member.

If you would like to visit the galleries before your group tour, we offer a complimentary teacher's pass after you have scheduled your trip.

To prepare for your visit:

For more information, please email us at reservations@rmanyc.org or call 212.620.5000 x 345. For directions, click here.

Storytelling in the Himalayan Region

Telling stories is a great way to engage a student of any age with a work of art. Students can make the connection between what is happening in a painting or sculpture and the action of a story, learning not just about the object itself but also about the traditions and beliefs of the people who made it. The guide includes stories to tell and questions to ask about each work of art, as well as activities to do at the museum and in the classroom. Adaptable for any age level.

Click here to download the guide.

Animals in Himalayan Art

Animals are everywhere in Himalayan art and are an accessible entry point for close looking and discussion with younger students. This guide focuses on works of art from the Hindu tradition. The objects, questions, and activities featured explore the role of animals in Hindu art from the Himalayas, including animal vehicles (vahanas) that many Hindu gods and goddesses ride. It includes stories to tell and questions to ask about each work of art, as well as activities to perform at the museum and in the classroom. Adaptable for grades K–6. Click here to download the guide.

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