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

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.

Museum Hours


  • Tibet

  • Nepal

  • Northern China

  • Mongolia

  • Southeast Asia

Wednesday thru Sunday
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm


  • Sculpture

  • Ritual objects

  • Musical instruments

  • Thangkas (scroll paintings)

  • Furniture

  • Books

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The Jacques Marchais Museum video by Larry Closs.

Introduction to JMMTA

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A Visit to the Museum

The surrounding landscape design, which Marchais named the ‘Samadhi Garden’, features a fish pond, meditation cells, and many plantings native to the Himalayas.  The Museum’s distinctive setting highlights and enhances the experience of viewing the art within.


Visitors to the museum will enjoy:

  • Tibetan and Himalayan art and ritual objects on display

  • Changing exhibits on Tibetan and Himalayan culture 

  • Quiet meditation gardens

  • Classes in Tai Chi and Meditation

  • Special programs including films, musical performances, lectures and travel talks, traditional Tibetan crafts, family activities and more!


Current Exhibition

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.


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