Rubin Museum of Art

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Where is the Rubin Museum located?

The Rubin Museum is located in the Chelsea district of New York City. It is at the corner of 7th Avenue and West 17th Street, and the entrance is on 17th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues.


What are the directions to the Museum?

By Subway:

•  A, C and E to 14th St. (8th Avenue)
•  1 to 18th St. (7th Avenue)
•  1, 2, 3 to 14th St. (7th Avenue)
•  F and V to 14th St. (6th Avenue)
•  L to 14th St. (6th Avenue)
•  N, R, Q, W, 4, 5 and 6 to 14th St. Union Square

By Bus:

•  B20 to corner of 7th Avenue and 17th St.


What is the admission price?

$15 for adults; $10 for Seniors (65+) and Students (13+); Free for Children (12 and younger).

  • Free to all Friday 6-10 p.m. 
  • Free to seniors (65 and older) first Monday of every month.


Is the Rubin Museum accessible? Are there wheelchairs available in the museum?

The Museum has a limited number of wheelchairs for use by visitors to the museum. Please request a wheelchair at the admissions desk or at the coat check, or reserve one by calling the admissions desk at 212.620.5000 x375 on the day of your visit.

All public areas at the Rubin Museum are accessible by elevators that connect all seven public floors.

A wheelchair lift is available to transport visitors from the entrance lobby to the first gallery level. This lift is sized to accommodate most wheelchairs. For oversize wheelchairs, there is an alternative entrance with ramped access to the first gallery level.

There are several ADA-compliant restrooms within the Rubin Museum.

Choose from the following links to learn more about our programs and offerings for all audiences:

Senior Visitors

Visitors with Limited Mobility or a Mobility Aid

Visitors Who Are Blind or Partially Sighted

Visitors Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Mindful Connections: For Visitors with Dementia and their Caregivers


Does the Museum offer guided tours and what time are they?

Highlights Tour

Daily at 3:00 p.m. (except Tuesday)

For visitors new to Himalayan art and those already familiar with its iconography and expression, a Highlights tour provides a survey of the museum’s collection, with varying themes offered each day. Tours last approximately one hour. Sample tours include Ornamentation in Himalayan Art,The Bodhisattva: The Savior Figure in Himalayan Art, and Objects and Obstacles in Himalayan Art. Highlights tours are free with museum admission and do not require reservations.


Exhibition Tours

Daily at 1 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. (except Tuesday)

Join a museum guide for an in-depth exploration of one temporary exhibition on view. The 4:00 p.m. Exhibition tour always features the newest exhibition, while the 1:00 p.m. Exhibition tour varies each day. Tours last approximately thirty minutes. Exhibition tours are free with museum admission and do not require reservations. Check the calendar for details.


Does the Museum offer tours for groups and how do I go about scheduling one?

The Rubin Museum offers a variety of private tours for schoolscolleges,seniors, alumni groups, organized tour and travel groups and general-interest groups. Our guide program is tailored to each group visit and provides an insightful look into Himalayan art, weaving themes with current exhibitions and provoking discussion. Visitors will leave with the tools to understand and appreciate Himalayan art and heritage.

Please call 212.620.5000 x345 or email to schedule a group tour. Reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance. 


When is the café open?

Café Serai is open during all museum hours.


When is the gift shop open?

The Shop is open during all museum hours. Find out more about museum hours here


Am I allowed to take photographs or film inside the galleries?

Photography for personal use is allowed in all galleries, provided that no flash or external light sources are used. In cases where the Museum is obligated to prohibit photography of certain objects, those items will be clearly marked as such.


How do I become a member of the Rubin Museum?

Please see Become a Member, or visit the admissions desk.


Does the Museum have any job openings?

Please see Employment Opportunities.


Does the Museum offer any internships?

Yes, please see Intern and Volunteer.


How do I find out more about Shelley and Donald Rubin?

Information can be found on the Trustees page.


Will you help me research something related to Himalayan art?

The Curatorial Department is unable to address general inquiries regarding personal art objects due to the volume of correspondence that they receive. The Rubin Museum is affiliated with the Himalayan Art Resource, Treasury of Lives, and Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center. We encourage you to explore the extensive material published on both websites.


Who took the photos for your website?

Images of art from the Rubin Museum collection were photographed by Bruce M. White or David DeArmas. Photographs of exhibition installations are by David DeArmas. Most event photographs are by Michael J. Palma and Evi Abeler.

How do I arrange to see a work of art in your collection that is not on view?

We will do our best to accommodate inquiries from graduate students, scholars, and individual researchers who would like to study a work of art from the collection that is not on view. Interested parties should fill out a request form and email or mail it to the attention of Laura Dabrowski, Administrative Assistant, Curatorial. You will be contacted with details about arranging your visit as soon as possible. Please allow at least two weeks for a response to your request.

Mail: Laura Dabrowski, Rubin Museum of Art, 140 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011


How can I find out what works of art are in the Rubin Museum collection?

At this time, Himalayan Art Resource is the best and most comprehensive source of information on the collection. We hope to have the collection in a searchable database on this website in the future. The Rubin Museum has published a number of exhibition catalogs that feature many works from the permanent collection. They are available at the Shop.


Can you provide me with a list of works presently on view in the galleries?

The Exhibitions section provides an overview of what you can expect to see at any given time.


How can I find a reproduction of a work of art in the Rubin Museum collection?

We have reproduced a small number of cards featuring objects in the collection. They are available at in the Museum Shop.


How do I request a photograph of a work in the collection for reproduction?

Contact the Rights and Reproductions office at


How do I get permission to reprint text from a Rubin Museum publication?

Contact the Rights and Reproductions office at


Does the Rubin Museum have a library?

At this time, the Rubin Museum has a limited library for staff use only.

The library is interested in sharing Rubin Museum catalogues and developing a comprehensive collection of exhibition catalogues related to art of the Himalayas and contemporary Asian Art mounted by other institutions. Institutions wishing to participate in our Catalogue Exchange Program are invited to contact the library by telephone at 212.620.5000 x 260 or by email at:


How do I sell or donate art to the Rubin Museum?

The Rubin Museum of Art is developing a comprehensive collection of Himalayan art and we welcome your interest in contributing to its strength. For the Rubin Museum to consider your work for acquisition, please mail or email high-quality color or black-and-white photographs, accompanied by a written, detailed description of the art and how it was obtained. Please indicate your intention to offer the work as a gift or for sale. It is also helpful to include a brief statement regarding why the Rubin Museum would be the right home for your art. If you mail photographs, please include a stamped, self-addressed envelope for their safe return.

Please direct all correspondence to:

Curatorial Department
Rubin Museum of Art
140 West 17th Street
New York, NY 10011

Or: (please indicate “Attention: Curatorial” in the subject heading)

If it is determined that the items offered would be appropriate additions to the museum's collection, a representative from the curatorial department will contact you about our accession policy.


Can the museum give me an appraisal for a work I have?

If you wish to know the value of your object, you will need to consult a trained professional art appraiser to help you with your questions. Unfortunately, the Museum's curators and other staff cannot provide information on the monetary value of your objects.

You may also find the following reference publications of use: Annual Art Sales Index, Gordon’s Print Price Annual, Leonard’s Annual Price Index of Art Auctions, and Mayer’s International Auction Records.


Can you give me advice about repairing and framing artwork I own?

Caring for art requires special attention, and we are therefore hesitant to offer advice. We suggest that you contact the American Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works. Their website has information on selecting a conservator and a general introduction to the care of various materials. They also have a free referral service of conservators throughout the United States.

Framing shops near to RMA:

  • Sullivan Street Frames, 61 Sullivan Street, 212.965.0348
  • Chelsea Frames, 197 9th Avenue, 212.807.8957


Can I submit contemporary materials for consideration for exhibition?

Contemporary work displayed in the museum is selected at the discrection of the Curatorial team. 


Terms and Conditions

Please note that the use of this website ( constitutes an agreement to abide by the following terms and conditions. The Rubin Museum of Art reserves the right to update or modify these terms and conditions at any time without prior notice.

  1. The text, images, and data on the Rubin Museum of Art (the "Museum") website (the "Site") are protected by copyright and may be covered by other restrictions as well. The Museum retains all rights, including copyright, in data, images, software, documentation, text, and other information contained in these files (collectively, the "Materials"). Copyright and other proprietary rights may be held by individuals or entities other than, or in addition to, the Museum.
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  3. The Museum does not warrant that use of the Materials displayed on the Site will not infringe the rights of third parties not owned by or affiliated with the Museum. For example, some works may be under copyright by the artist or the artist's heirs holding rights to these works. Such works may not be used in any form; they may not be copied or downloaded without prior permission from the holder of the underlying copyright.
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Frequently Asked Terms and Conditions Questions

May I put images or text from on a file server at my school or museum?
Yes, but only if there is no charge for the user and if electronic distribution is of limited term to your school or museum only. The images must remain unaltered. All of the accompanying caption information must be included without alteration, and the citation should include the URL
May I put images or text from on my personal website?
Yes, but only if your website takes in no advertisements or sponsors, does not charge a fee for services, and does not offer any product or service for sale. The images must remain unaltered. All of the accompanying caption information must be included without alteration, and the citation should include the URL
May I put images or text from on a CD-ROM, public domain or otherwise?
Yes, but only with permission from the Museum.
May I print selected images or text excerpts from for a school report?
Yes, but only if it is a personal or academic work, and not for publication in any medium. The images must remain unaltered. All of the accompanying caption information must be included without alteration. You should cite the source as you would any printed work; the citation should include the URL "" All other forms of publication are expressly prohibited.
How do I obtain permission for other forms of publication?
Anyone wishing to use the Materials from this Site for purposes other than as authorized herein must obtain prior written approval. Permission for such use is granted on a case-by-case basis at the sole discretion of the Museum. A usage fee may be charged depending on the nature of the proposed use. For works of art from the Rubin Museum's collection reproduced on this site, in their entirety or as details, contact the Museum's Rights and Reproductions office at For works of art from other museums or institutions reproduced on, contact the institution credited in the work's caption directly. For all other images on the site, and for any text excerpts, contact the Museum's Rights and Reproductions office at