A SANCTUARY in the City
Situated on a hilltop with commanding views of the Raritan Bay, The Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art is an uncommon find in the tri-state area. The buildings were designed by the founder to replicate Tibetan Buddhist mountain monasteries, in particular, the Potala at Lhasa – the historic seat of the Dalai Lamas.
The collection consists of several thousand pieces of art primarily from Tibet, Mongolia and northern China dating from the fifteenth century. The collection at JMMTA has been widely acknowledged to be one of the most important collections of its kind in the west.
In addition to our collection, JMMTA offers a wide array of programs to the public -- all at nominal cost to you. We host weekly classes in yoga, tai chi, and guided meditation. And we offer wide variety of programs and events throughout the year, such as educational activities for school-age children. The Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art is in every way a living museum.
The Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art’s mission is to present the art, culture and history of Tibet to a world audience in order to educate about and inspire appreciation of Himalayan cultures and to foster better global understanding.
The founder, Jacques Marchais (1887-1948) intended the Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art, established in 1945, to serve as a bridge between Tibetan art and culture and the world.
The Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art preserves its unique collection of rare and sacred artifacts and provides careful stewardship of its historic buildings and gardens.
In addition to presenting Jacques Marchais’ history, it is the intention of the museum to give visitors an understanding of Tibet and the Himalayan region.
Long Life Deities from the Collection, January 2018 – Present Amitayus, the Buddha of Long Life, is one of the most represented figures in the collection of Jacques Marchais.
The name of this Buddha in Sanskrit, Amitayus, translates to Infinite Life. Together with White Tara and Ushnishavijaya. Amitayus is part of a larger group of three Long Life Deities from the Museum’s collection from Tibet, Mongolia, and Qing Dynasty, China.