When considering which art museums in New York City to visit, there are some wonderful and very well-known institutions to choose from. Names like The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Guggenheim, Whitney and Museum of Modern Art are not only known throughout the USA, they are considered absolute musts for tourists.
However, there are some smaller museums in New York City that specialize in specific types of art. One of these is the Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art located in Staten island, New York. It is only one of three museums in New York City that focuses on Tibetan art. The other two are the Rubin Museum of Art and the Tibet House.
Even for people who live in New York City, this museum represents an anomaly. To begin with, it is located in Staten Island. Manhattan is known for its cultural attractions. But to find such a unique thing as a museum showcasing Tibetan art located in Staten island is unheard of.
The museum is located at the top of Lighthouse Avenue (Lighthouse Hill to Staten Islanders). Lighthouse Avenue features some absolutely gorgeous looking homes that many people are amazed to find in New York City. It is also one of the most picturesque areas of all of the 5 boroughs of New York City. And, as the name implies, there is in fact a Lighthouse situated at the top of Lighthouse Avenue. The lighthouse is actually on Edinboro road one block away from the museum. Unfortunately, the lighthouse is not open to the public (at this time), but you can get close enough for a great view and pictures.
Visiting the Jacques Marchais Museum makes for a wonderful day. If you are traveling to Staten Island via Manhattan, you can take the Staten Island ferry (which is free of charge) and then take the S74 bus to Richmond Rd. & Lighthouse Avenue. When you get off the bus, look for the stone column with the sign “Lighthouse Avenue” and walk up the hill. The museum is about 200 yards after you make the right at the top of the hill. The ferry takes about 25 minutes and the bus takes about 40 minutes
After you’re done visiting the museum, there are some wonderful attractions in Staten Island. You can hop back onto the S74 bus and within less than 15 minutes be at Historic Richmond Town. For bus and subway directions from any point in New York City, you can use the MTA Trip Planner.
If you’re a visitor from out of state or from another country, visiting Staten Island and the Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art is a very unique trip. It is something that most tourist books don’t mention due to the fact that most of the focus is placed on Manhattan. However, once you visit Staten Island, you will be left with an incredible memory that will last a lifetime.
When you make your plans to visit art museums in New York City, please don’t forget to consider the Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art.
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