New York earns acclaim for its wonderful cultural institutions, and the Rubin Museum of Art is one of its standout attractions. Located in the Chelsea section of Manhattan, the Rubin Museum boasts a sterling collection of art from the Indian subcontinent. For anyone visiting the Big Apple to enjoy the city’s fine museums, the Rubin is a must-see. Here is our guide to the Rubin Museum of Art.
Getting to the Rubin Museum
The Rubin Museum is in the heart of Chelsea on the big island of Manhattan. Chelsea is next to the Hudson River, with the Kips Bay neighborhood to the east and Greenwich Village
to its south. Visitors can take a taxi or an Uber to the destination, but the easiest way to get to the Rubin Museum is via subway. There are two stations in the immediate vicinity of the Rubin Museum. The 18th Street Station is the closest, but it only services the 1 and 2 lines. There is also the 14th Street Station a few blocks away. This one provides access to the A, C, E, and L lines.
If the subway doesn’t sound appealing, go ahead and hoof it. If the weather is nice, the walk to Chelsea is one of the nicest in New York City.
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What to Do at the Rubin Museum
There are several floors of exhibits at the Rubin Museum. The museum’s trademark spiral staircase leads visitors from one floor to the other. Inside, there’s an eclectic mix of art and artifacts from the Himalayan regions, including paintings, sculptures, figurines, and much more. One of the highlight’s is the museum’s fabled Tibetan Buddhist Shrine Room, a stirring recreation of a hallowed Himalayan space. The museum also hosts live performances, film screenings, discussions, art-making workshops, and other events. Be sure to check the Rubin’s website
ahead of time to see what types of special exhibits and programs are taking place at the museum.
There is a fee for admission, with children 12 or younger and members getting in free. The museum boasts a restaurant called Cafe Serai along with a gift shop. One final and important note for visitors: The Rubin is not open on Tuesdays.
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What to See Around the Rubin Museum
There are plenty of other cultural destinations to see around the Rubin Museum. For another museum fix, check out the Whitney Museum of American Art on Gansevoort Street. This location has some of the country’s best contemporary art pieces. The National Museum of Mathematics is nearby on 26th Street. This is a fun, colorful place that’s ideal for a visit with the kids. The ultra-luxurious Cinepolis Chelsea movie theater is also right up the street from the Rubin on 23rd Street.
Where to Eat, Drink, and Shop Around the Rubin Museum
The Rubin is right around one of the greatest shopping districts in all New York City. The flagship store of Barneys departments tore is around the corner, as are West Elm, Old Navy, and Dave’s New York clothing. It’s also a fine spot for drinking and dining.
Next to the Rubin is the stylish CAFETERIA, which gives a new spin to traditional diner art. It’s an all-night restaurant that mixes contemporary flavors with old-school comfort fare in a luxurious atmosphere. J’s Pizza on Seventh Avenue is a classic New York destination. Go for the slices or one of their trademark “roll” savory pastries. For those with a sweet tooth, take a walk over to Insomnia Cookies on West 14th Street. This chain serves up a selection of traditional cookies including chocolate chip, snickerdoodles, and peanut butter alongside glasses of cold milk.
For a few drinks and some nightlife, try the Offside Tavern on West 14th for some sports bar fare and cold beers. There’s also the intimate Bar B on 7th Avenue. This Chelsea gem delivers superb Italian wines and lively ambiance.
Your New York City Visit
The Rubin Museum is only one part of a fantastic New York City museum scene
. Be sure to take at least a day to take in the culture when you head to the Big Apple. Enjoy your trip!