The 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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  • After having a stressful week.. I visited Jacqus Marchais and found it to me very relaxing and tranquil.  more »
  • In the middle of middle class houses in a middle class Staten Island neighborhood, this building appears to be a replica of a Tibetan Buddhist monastery, filled with objets of Tibetan art and related ...  more »
  • this is a treat for the eyes as well as the ears. Peaceful and beautifully kept gardens await those who visit. wish it were bigger!  more »
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  • 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 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!
  • Its a small museum of tibetan art tucked away on the slopes of Staten Island. If you are into Buddhism and Tibetan art then it is worth a visit though it is a small museum and not too active. People there are welcoming and the views are great in the garden.
  • Run down, only two rooms. Converted house...in a family neighborhood. Fun to go once, would have no reason to go again.

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