Dedicated to the art of the Himalayas and surrounding regions, the Rubin Museum of Art opened its doors in October 2004. Located in a former Barneys in Chelsea, the building boasts 25,000 square feet of exhibition space, while preserving the original six-story spiral staircase (famously featured in “Sex and the City”).
More than 1,000 objects are displayed, including paintings, sculpture, and textiles, as well as ritual objects from the 2nd to 20th centuries. The RMA also hosts national and international exhibitions to advance the study and appreciation of Himalayan arts and culture.
Rubin Museum of Art (RMA) Information
- Public Transportation: Excellent (convenient to subway lines A, C and E at 14th Street; 1 at 18th Street; 1, 2, 3 at 14th Street; F and M at 14th Street; L at 14th Street; N, R, Q, 4, 5 and 6 at 14th Street/Union Square; and buses M5, M7, or M20)
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good
- Hours: Monday 11 a.m.–5 p.m., Wednesday 11 a.m.–7 p.m., Thursday 11 a.m.–5 p.m., Friday 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m.–6 p.m., closed Tuesday
- Admission: $10, seniors/students/artists (with valid ID) $7, neighbors in zip codes 10011 and 10001 (with valid ID) $7, college students $2, children under 12 free, members free. Gallery admission is free to all every Friday 7–10 p.m. and free to seniors (65+) on the first Monday of every month
- Membership: Individual $55, artist/neighbor/senior/student $35, dual/family $75, including free admission, invitations for two to select previews and other events, and discounts on lectures, performances, and films.