Rubin Museum of Art
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Tours for School Groups

Tours

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 (click here for more information.) Discover the art and cultures of Himalayan Asia while developing meaningful cross-cultural connections! 

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.

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Tour Themes

All About Buddha: Stories and Teachings

Who is the Buddha?  By looking closely at paintings and sculptures, students will learn about the historical Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama, and will begin to understand the main tenets of Buddhism.  Students will learn to identify the major attributes of a Buddha and will see how images and symbols can serve as tools for teaching Buddhist ideas and beliefs. Enhance your tour experience with a Marvelous Mandala Pre-Visit, 3-D Mandala Workshop, Symbols in Sculpture Workshop, and/or Artifact Investigation Workshop 

Animals in Himalayan Art: Familiar and Fantastic

See the roaring, creeping, and flying animals in the art from Himalayan Asia! Students will learn the symbolism of animals in the art at the Rubin Museum and will understand the role that animals, both real and fantastical, play in telling the stories of the artwork.  Students will explore the collection at the Rubin Museum of Art to understand the important function that animals play in the cultures and landscape of Himalayan Asia! Enhance your tour with the Animal Symbolism Pre-Visit, Journey Scroll Workshop, Symbols in Sculpture Workshop, and/or Mystical Maps Workshop.

Limited Time Offering – Bodies in Balance: Discovering Health through Art (March 15-September 8)

The relationship of Tibetan medicine to the visual arts has been integral to the development and transmission of this medical tradition. The new exhibition Bodies in Balance: the Art of Tibetan Medicine explores the guiding principles of the Tibetan science of healing as shown through paintings, manuscripts, and medical instruments.  By discussing works of art, students will consider the importance of health for both the body and mind and will learn the meaning of balance in Tibetan medicine. They will also consider how these ancient ideas can influence the ways in which they think about their own wellness. Enhance your experience of the Bodies in Balance exhibition with a specially designed workshop Wrapped Amulet: a Mandala for Health and Wellness

Chinese Connections in Himalayan Art

Discover China beyond the Great Wall!  Students will see works of art from China and will explore how Chinese themes, styles, and techniques influenced art from other cultures of Himalayan Asia.  Students will discover how Chinese culture was in dialogue with surrounding areas and will learn about the exchange of religious and artistic ideas. Enhance your tour with the Journey Scroll Workshop or Mystical Maps Workshop.

Connections: Building Relationships to Himalayan Art

Looking at unfamiliar art, especially art from other cultures can be intimidating. Mindful exploration of art from the Himalayas will allow students to make personal connections to artworks from diverse cultures. Through deep looking, storytelling, and sharing, students will develop a broader knowledge of Himalayan Asia, as well as a feeling of empowerment to further explore unfamiliar artworks. Enhance your tour with the Journey Scroll Workshop, Symbols in Sculpture Workshop, or Mystical Maps Workshop.

Mandalas: Symmetry and Symbolism

Mandalas are everywhere!  Students will begin to identify the basic structure and geometry of mandalas by exploring the relationship between 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional depictions of mandalas at the Rubin Museum of Art. Students will understand the ritual purpose of mandalas and see how they connect to other works of art from Himalayan Asia. Enhance your tour with the Marvelous Mandala Pre-Visit and/or 3-D Mandala Workshop.

Materials and Techniques: How is it made?

Ever wonder, “How is this made?”  Looking closely at artwork from Himalayan Asia, students will learn different techniques used to create the sculptures and paintings at the Rubin Museum.  Students will compare different materials and explore how medium affects how stories, figures, and themes are depicted. Enhance your tour with the Artifact Investigation Workshop or Symbols in Sculpture Workshop.

*You may also sign up for a complementary program, Colors of the World: Illuminated Manuscripts in the Age of Exploration, at The Morgan Library and Museum. Follow trade routes all the way to Western Europe; discover how trade, geography, and natural resources influenced the material and function of illuminated manuscripts and make cross-cultural connections to the art of Himalayan Asia. For more information, visit: http://www.themorgan.org/education/programs.asp.


Peace and Wrath: The Many Faces of Protection

Who are your protectors? Students will explore paintings and sculptures depicting protection throughout the collection of the Rubin Museum.  Students will learn about the qualities and attributes of peaceful and wrathful deities of protection and will make connections to their personal lives to understand the role of these figures in the art of Himalayan Asia! Enhance your tour with the Powerful Protection Pre-Visit and/or Symbols in Sculpture Workshop.

Silk Road: The Spread of Ideas in Himalayan Asia

Explore the Silk Road!  By looking closely at the art at the Rubin Museum, students will learn about the connection between art and culture along the Silk Road in Himalayan Asia.  Students will make connections between geography, trade routes, and cultural diffusion using art to learn how these factors affected the spread of Buddhism. Enhance your tour with the Journey Scroll Workshop or Mystical Maps Workshop.

*You may also sign up for a complementary program, Colors of the World: Illuminated Manuscripts in the Age of Exploration, at The Morgan Library and Museum. Follow trade routes all the way to Western Europe; discover how trade, geography, and natural resources influenced the material and function of illuminated manuscripts and make cross-cultural connections to the art of Himalayan Asia. For more information, visit: http://www.themorgan.org/education/programs.asp.

Symbols: Decoding the Art of Himalayan Asia

Decipher the art of Himalayan Asia!  Students will explore different kinds of symbols and will expand their visual vocabulary by learning the ways that symbols can tell stories and represent complex Buddhist ideas and teachings.  Using the art at the Rubin Museum as a launching point, students will discover various ways that symbols are used both in Himalayan art and in their own lives. Enhance your tour with the Marvelous Mandala Pre-Visit, Artifact Investigation Workshop, or Symbols in Sculpture Workshop.


Schedule a Tour

To schedule your school tour at the Rubin Museum, please complete a visit registration form e-mail reservations@rmanyc.org or call 212.620.5000 x345.

Reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance. Please review our group visit outlines prior to your scheduled visit.

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School Group Visit Guidelines

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