Rubin Museum of Art

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

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University Faculty and Staff

Our educational programs and exceptional collections address a wide range of disciplines, providing curricular connections to enhance the study of Comparative Religions, Art History, Anthropology, Education, World History, Philosophy, Psychology, Cultural Studies and Studio Arts. Whether you lead your own self-guided visit, schedule a guided tour for students, participate in a professional development workshop, or collaborate with us as a University Partner, we provide you and your students a laboratory for new learning that fosters creativity, critical thinking, and curiosity.

University Visits
Guided Tours for University Groups
Pre-Visits for University Groups
Curricular Connections
Asian Studies Circle
University Study Guides
Educator Membership
Professional Development
Facility Rental
Group Visit Guidelines


University Visits

If you would like to explore the museum on your own with your class we require a reservation for a self-guided visit in order adequately support your needs. To schedule a self-guided visit, please fill out the University Group Visit Reservation Form. For more information visit our reservations page. For 2014 students from Baruch College, BMCC, New York University, John Jay College, The New School, Hunter College, Queens College, St. Francis College and QCC have free museum admission. All other program/tour rates apply.


Guided Tours for University Groups

If you would like a customized, guided tour of the galleries the Rubin Museum of Art's knowledgeable, professional Guides are experienced in working with university audiences. If you see an educational connection between Himalayan art and your classroom curriculum, or simply want to organize a group tour, please fill out the University Group Visit Reservation Form.

The fee for a one-hour guided tour with one of our Museum Guides is $65 and $50 for partner institutions (all other admissions fees apply).

Tour Availability
The Rubin Museum offers university guided tours beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays and beginning at 11:00 a.m. on Mondays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

Schedule a Tour
For information about the status of your tour request, call 212.620.5000 x345 or e-mail
Tour reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance.
One Guide is assigned to every 25 students.
Group menus are available from Café Serai.
*Please review our Group Visit Guidelines prior to your scheduled visit.


Pre-Visits for University Groups

If you would like to request a University Pre-Visit before bringing your students to the museum, Rubin Museum of Art educators are available to visit your classroom to discuss the museum and its collections, and lay the groundwork for an exciting museum experience. Educators also can help you develop strategies for interpreting our collections and integrating works of art into your course curricula. Please contact Laura Lombard, Head of Adult & Academic Programs at or 212.620.5000 x246.


Curricular Connections

Do you want to include the Rubin Museum's unique collection in a course, or are interested in producing a course in eastern arts, art education, geography, the peoples of the Himalayas, or Eastern religions? Rubin Museum of Art offers a vast array of resources and partnership opportunities that can assist you. The Museum is dedicated to working with university departments to cultivate strong curricula that enhance the student experience. The Rubin can also design and facilitate a course that fits and strengthens your departmental needs. Before bringing your students to the museum, you may schedule a complimentary 45-minute meeting with a museum educator who will help you develop curricular connections inspired by museum collections and special exhibitions. For more information, please contact Laura Lombard, Head of Adult & Academic Programs at or 212.620.5000 x246.


Asian Studies Circle

The Asian Studies Circle at the Rubin Museum of Art provides a unique opportunity for university faculty and researchers interested in Asian Studies and related topics to meet at the museum for informal discussion and private exhibition tours. Gallery talks are designed to help educators make curricular connections and utilize the museum as an extension of the classroom. Learn More


University Study Guides

These guides include introductions, discussion questions and resources to enhance your students' understanding and appreciation of exhibitions at the Rubin Museum of Art.

Download Gallery Guide for: Gateway to Himalayan Art



Educator Membership

For only $45 you will receive unlimited free admission for one and a complimentary audio guide; invitations for two to select previews, members-only exhibition tours, and other events; a 10% discount on purchases at the The Rubin Museum Shop and Café Serai; discounts on lectures, performances, films, and family programs; and advance notice of select museum events. Faculty ID required (Fully tax-deductible).

Click here to learn more about Educator Memberships


Professional Development

The museum hosts professional development sessions for faculty wishing to enhance student learning by utilizing the museum's educational resources, programs, and exhibitions. These customized seminar include guided tours, hands-on collaborative activities, and curriculum development for the classroom and beyond.


Facility Rental

In addition to its six stunning gallery floors, the Rubin Museum of Art boasts a theater, café/bar, and workshop spaces. If you would like to discuss arranging an event-a performance, reading, lecture, recital, screening, or workshop-please contact Assistant Manager, Special Events. The Rubin Museum works with campuses and organizations to partner on selected events throughout New York City. If you would like to discuss possibilities for collaborative sponsorship and marketing of an event on your campus, please contact Public Relations and Marketing Manager.


Group Visit Guidelines

Group leaders are responsible for the behavior of their group at all times.

  • All backpacks, umbrellas, and bags larger than 11” x 14” must be stored while groups are in the galleries. We provide storage bins to safely store coats and bulky items.
  • Food, drinks, and gum, are not allowed in the galleries, including any liquid with a cover.
  • Phone are prohibited in the galleries but must be set to silent mode.
  • You are permitted to take photographs of artwork on the 2nd and 3rd floors only but no photographs are allowed in the Shrine Room (2nd Floor) or the Lukhang Temple Room (3rd Floor).
  • As you move through the galleries, remind students not to lean against the walls or gallery cases.
  • Please remind students to be aware of their volume in the museum.
  • Drawing and writing in the galleries is encouraged but limited to the use of pencils only. Pens and markers are not permitted.
  • The galleries are a shared space and other tours might be taking place at the same time as yours.
  • Other museum visitors might shadow your group. Please treat them respectfully.
  • At the end of your tour, kindly ask your students to pick up their belongings in the storage bins.
  • Restrooms are located on the Theater Level (Lower Level), 1st, 3rd, and 5th floors.