Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art, Staten Island

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Nestled into the side of Lighthouse Hill, the Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art is a uniquely peaceful retreat. The Museum presents the art and culture of Tibet and the Himalayas to a world audience in order to educate and inspire others in the value of this significant cultural heritage.

Established in 1945, the Museum was founded by the pioneering American woman Jacques Marchais (1887-1948), an important collector and respected expert in Tibetan art. Designed by Marchais, the rustic complex of fieldstone buildings resembles a Tibetan mountain monastery. These historic buildings represent the first Himalayan style architecture to be built in the United States, and it was the first museum in the world solely dedicated to Tibetan art.

The surrounding landscape design, which Marchais named the 'Samadhi Garden,' feature a fish pond, meditation cells and many of her original plantings. The museum's distinctive setting highlights and enhances the experience of viewing the art within.
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  • Big Apple Greeter arranged a tour for its volunteers of this hidden gem filled with beautiful art. Meg Ventrudo, our gracious museum guide, welcomed us to the library, a room overflowing with Asian ar...  more »
  • The Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art has a fascinating story - told with passion by your tour guide. The space, built specifically to house this unique collection of art in a building that resem...  more »
  • The museum is small but the area is so relax and tranquil. They have a nice gift shop and for $7 for the entrance fee. You can beat it!  more »
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  • Drove a distance to get there. Arrived within museum hours and all of the entrance doors were locked. Fantastic way to waist your time. I'd try the Rubin or The Staint George Museum at Snug Harbor.
  • Tibetan music today! Great exchange between the public and the artists. Learn a lot about the 3 provinces, the costumes eery the different instruments. The outside garden is a very relaxing place.
  • Beautiful grounds, awesome halloween parties ... ! :)
  • Beautiful place. Small, but very educational and tranquil. The people are very nice. Would go again.
  • The site is gorgeous, so the trip alone is worth it. High on the hill the garden and house are very nice for contemplating.With a trip to Richmond town,go!

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