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Current Exhibition Resources

The Rubin Museum of Art is dedicated to enhancing our visitors' appreciation and understanding of Himalayan art with stimulating and interactive educational tools located throughout the galleries.

Featured Exhibition Resource

Count Your Blessings: Audio Tour

Timeline thumbnail Explore the audio tour for the exhibition Allegory and Illusion: Early Portrait Photography in South Asia
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Current Audio Tours
Explore Areas: Exhibition Exploration Resources
Museum Guides, Docents, and Tours

Current Audio Tours

Gateway to Himalayan Art

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This keystone exhibition equips visitors with a working knowledge of the principal concepts of Himalayan art.

Masterworks: Jewels of the Collection

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This audio tour takes visitors through the museum's most stunning works of art. The guide will compare the stylistic diversity and relationships between various strands of Himalayan artistic traditions.

Bodies in Balance: The Art of Tibetan Medicine

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 This audio tour explores the artistic expression and the foundational principles of the Tibean Medical tradition.

From India East: Scultpures of Devotion from the Brooklyn Museum

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This audio tour highlights the artistic characteristics of the sculptures shown throughout the exhibition.

Spanish Audio Tour: Gateway To Himalayan Art

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This audio tour explores the exhibition Gateway to Himalayan Art for Spanish speakers.  

Verbal Description Audio Tour: Gateway to Himalayan Art

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This verbal description audio tour is for the exhibition Gateway to Himalayan Art.

Count Your Blessings: The Art of Prayer Beads in Asia

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 This audio tour will explore the aesthetic and ritual attributes of prayer beads used in traditions throughout Asia.  Guided by the curator Elena Pakhoutova, this audio tour will further discuss the origins of prayer beads, their symbolic meaning and the materiality of these ritual implements.

Spiral Wall

For millennia, Asia’s vast Himalayan region, which stretches from present-day Afghanistan to Myanmar, has supported a vibrant cultural exchange between the people of India, Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan, China, and Mongolia. Expressions of this diversity and interaction are featured in this display of the Rubin Museum’s collection.

Many of these works were gifts to the museum from its founders, Shelley and Donald Rubin, whose contributions form the core of a collection that continues to grow. Their generosity, and that of many others whose gifts continue to enrich and expand the collection, make the Rubin Museum the preeminent institution for the display and interpretation of the art of Himalayan Asia. We hope that this small selection will encourage you to explore the museum galleries and plan a future visit.

Explore Areas: Exhibition Exploration Resources



Gateway to Himalayan Art

Gateway to Himalayan Art introduces visitors to the art of the Himalayan cultural sphere, presenting the major concepts comprehensively and equipping visitors with the tools to understand, appreciate and contextualize many of the works of art throughout the museum's six floors of galleries. Along with the exhibition are educational interactives that will help refine the tools given.

Looking Guide

This Looking Guide booklet is designed to help visitors recognize common symbols and important figures that can be seen in the art throughout the museum.

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Explore a Tibetan scroll painting, known as a thangka and how lineage of Buddhist teachers play an important role in understanding the Buddhist religion and its practice.

Explore Lineage Paintings

Explore Mandalas

Explore Narrative Paintings

Explore Wheel of Existence


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Masterworks: Jewels of the Collection

As an exhibition the Masterworks: Jewels of the Collection showcases the stylistic diversity and relationships between various strands of Himalayan and neighboring cultural and artistic traditions.  Within Explore Areas visitors can experience the following written literature and use hands-on interactives for further informitive information about the museum's collection.

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From India East: Sculptures of Devotion from Brooklyn Museum

From India East is an exhibition presented and described by Rubin Museum of Art curators of the treasury of Asian works held by the Brooklyn Museum. This year-long exhibition allows the museum to exhibit for the first time examples from far beyond the Himalayan region, including art from Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Thailand, Korea, and Japan.

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Exhibition Audio Tour

Spread of Buddhism and Hinduism Map

Artful Journey Family Guide: From India East  

                                Family Guide for From India East


 Count Your Blessings: The Art of Prayer Beads in Asia

This exhibition focuses on aesthetic and ritual aspects of the prayers beads used in Buddhist traditions of Tibet, Bhutan, Mongolia, China, Korea, Japan, Thailand and Burma. It addresses the origins of prayer beads 108 beads in a set, the structure of prayer beads, their materials and symbolism, and status versus practice aspects of their use.

Exhibition Audio Tour

Count Your Blessings Exhibition Mobilesite



What's an Explore Area?

Located in each gallery, Explore Areas provide a wealth of age-appropriate background information and interpretive materials that complement the art on display.  Installations include: multimedia stations for relevant websites and documentary films; a display of the materials and techniques involved in the creation of Himalayan paintings; interactive activities that utilize concepts found in the exhibitions; and guided viewing and hands-on opportunities to enable visitors to learn about the art, culture, and history of the Himalayas through differentiated methods.