The Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art, Staten Island

(4.3/5 based on 40 reviews on the web)
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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  • This is one of He unique spots on Staten Island. If you want to venture East try going here.. not really suited for children but definitely a contemplative experience for adults...  more »
  • The best museum displaying Tibetan Art outside of Tibet. The museum's display teaches you all about Tibetan Art and culture. The space gives you a feeling of tranquility.  more »
  • While far from the city, the Tibetan museum is worth the visit with a wide array of artifacts housed in the eclectic home of Jacques Marchais, a Tibetan enthusiast. Big stone rooms give way to a beaut...  more »
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  • 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.
  • I loved it! I want to go here next time! Also, I'm writing about this today and I really like Jacques Marchais' story! And I hope you all do too :D
  • A Jewel on Lighthouse Hill that takes you away to the Himalayas...the museum is perched 200 feet above sea level and has multiple terraces with lush gardens, coy pool, exotic flora and fauna...and a collection that preserves the threatened Tibetan culture.
  • A Diamond buried within the hills of Staten Island. A MUST VISIT!!!