The Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art, Staten Island

Categories: Art Museums, Museums
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4.1/5 based on 35+ 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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  • A bit of a hike to get to if you are not familiar with Staten Island but worth making the pilgrimage to this extraordinary and surprising Museum. There's a great history to how this was temple was bui...  read more »
  • nestled on the side of one Staten Islands most beautiful spaces is this museum of Tibetan Art. If you have any interest in this artwork this is a must see! 
  • Arriving at Hoëdic (Morbihan, France), this small island duckling-shaped, close to its big sisters Houat (the duck in breton) and Belle-Isle in the sea, I had seen a postcard from New York City sent by a New Yorker who came to spend relaxing holiday "away from the hustle and bustle of New York"... In New York, I found this same quiet on Staten Island in the Tibetan Buddhist garden of this woman who gave himself the pseudonym of Jacques Marchais... These were real vacation where I spent three hours really relaxing!
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  • Run down, only two rooms. Converted a family neighborhood. Fun to go once, would have no reason to go again.
  • 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.
  • 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 Diamond buried within the hills of Staten Island. A MUST VISIT!!!
  • that museum is so cool and lots of tibetan cool arts and things.
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