In 2009, nearly 5,000 people visited this museum’s collection of Tibetan art, including venerable Buddhist monks and foreign dignitaries. That year, it was also listed on the New York State Register and the National Register of Historic Places.
The museum’s permanent exhibition features a rotating display of items from its collection, which come from its namesake Jacques Marchais. The holdings, collected from the early 1920s to the late 1940s, include sculptures, thangka paintings, ritual artifacts, musical instruments, and historic photographs of Tibet.
Special exhibitions rotate regularly and in the past have included art depicting Tibet’s Salween River, images of the lost Tibetan kingdom of Mustang, Tibetan portraits and Bhutanese sand mandalas.
Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art Information
- Public Transportation: Fair/Poor (accessible from S74 bus, but requires transfer from S.I. Ferry terminal and 10-minute walk)
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good
- Hours: Wednesday–Sunday 1–5 p.m., closed Monday and Tuesday
- Admission: $5, students and seniors (50+) $3
- Membership: Individual membership is $25 annually and includes free unlimited admission to the museum, invitations to special events, and discounts on special museum programs and merchandise. Student and senior membership is $20.