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Education Center at the Rubin Museum

All photographs by Michael J. Palma

The new Education Center at the Rubin Museum of Art features vibrant and light-filled studio and classroom space, providing greatly expanded spaces for learning and art-making activities that complement visits to the museum galleries for everyone from toddlers and their parents to K-12 classes, families, teens, university students, adults, and seniors.

Designed by Lee H. Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnership, the Education Center was completed in the summer of 2011. The space allows the museum to further its educational mission to foster a deeper experience with the art of the Himalayas through close observation, discovery, thinking, and emotion by providing additional facilities for classes, workshops, and hands-on experiences as well as spaces for school groups to have lunch.

The Education Center is located at 132 West 17th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues, adjacent to the main museum building. Access to the space is limited to individuals participating in art workshops and programs or students in school groups participating in scheduled school tours that include art-making workshops.

Programs offered in the Education Center include Yak Packers and Family Art Lab programs for the museum’s youngest visitors, RMA Teens and Teen Art Lab programs for high school students, university courses facilitated by CUNY campuses, and adult art-making workshops such as the Auspicious Stitches fiber arts workshop.



The Education Center supports and enhances the educational programming that has distinguished the museum for ten years—even prior to the museum’s official opening. School partnerships using inquiry-based methodologies will continue to grow in the new space, enhancing arts and social studies education for New York City.

The five-thousand-square-foot Education Center is comprised of three main spaces on two levels.

StaircaseThe entry features a striking spiral staircase wrapped with a natural resin wall embedded with a brightly-colored transparent photo mural of Tibetan prayer flags.

Seminar RoomThe Commons provides space for teen, adult, and university classes as well as educator development programs.

Art StudioThe spacious Art Studio provides a light-filled environment for art making using wet and dry media as well as storage and display space.


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Photographs by Michael J. Palma

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Admittance to the Education Center is limited to those participating in scheduled educational programs and school tours. Visitors who are not participating in these programs are asked to continue to use the museum's main entrance at 150 West 17th Street. Concerts, films, most talks, and other public programs will continue to take place in the museum's theater. Use the links below to learn more about all of the museum's educational programs.


Capital funding for the Education Center has been provided, in part, by the Rubin Museum of Art’s Board of Trustees for the Lobby and Commons and individual gifts for the Terrence W. Schwab Education Office and the Raymond G. Chambers Family Seminar Room.

Programs in the Education Center

Families | Educators and Schools | Teens | Adults