Rubin Museum of Art

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Tours for School Groups


Explore Himalayan Asia here in New York! Guided tours at the Rubin Museum are learner-centered and help K-12 students develop visual literacy and critical-thinking skills through engaging, inquiry-based discussions.

Led by trained museum educators and docents, guided tours support the development of skills and knowledge that are part of the Common Core State Standards 

Guided Tours

  • 60 minutes long
  • Museum admission fees apply
  • All Members of NYCDOE school groups: Free
  • Teachers and adult chaperones: $15
  • Students age 13 and older: $5
  • Students age 12 and younger: Free
  • Museum Members: Free (Become a Member Today!)
  • $65 per tour group: 15 students per guide maximum (FREE for all NYCDOE schools)
  • We invite you and your students to continue to explore the galleries after your tour. 
Enhance your museum experience with a pre-visit lesson or a hands-on workshop.

Tour Themes

Animals in Himalayan Art: Familiar and Fantastic: Explore images of real and imagined animals in the Rubin Museum and discover the role that animals play in the stories and symbols of the artwork. Suggested for grades K-3

All about Buddha: Stories and Teachings: Learn about the historical Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama, and begin to understand the main tenets of Buddhism by looking closely at paintings and sculptures.

Mandalas: Symmetry and Symbolism: Learn about the basic structure and geometry of mandalas and explore the ritual purpose of these images to see how they connect to other works of art from Himalayan Asia.

Materials and Techniques: How is it made?: Discover the different techniques used to create the sculptures and paintings at the Rubin Museum and compare different materials to see how medium affects how stories, figures, and themes are depicted.

Protection: Peace and Wrath: Explore paintings and sculptures depicting protection throughout the Museum and learn about the qualities and attributes of peaceful and wrathful deities of protection.

Silk Road: From China to the West: Make connections between geography, trade routes, and art to learn how ideas such as Buddhism were spread along the Silk Road. Suggested for grades 3-12.

Symbols: Decoding Himalayan Art: Explore different kinds of symbols to learn the ways that symbols can tell stories and represent complex ideas.  Suggested for grades 3-12.

Schedule a Tour

To schedule your school tour at the Rubin Museum, please click the link to access our School Group Visit Reservation Form

You can also download and complete a School Group Visit Registration Form.

Reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance. Please review our School Group Visit Guidelines prior to your scheduled visit.

For information on Self-Guided Visits, please click here