The Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art was founded in 1945 by Jacques Marchais (1887-1949), a remarkable American woman who was one of the earliest collectors of Tibetan art in the United States. Mme. Marchais operated an art gallery in Manhattan in the 1930s and 40s and it was through this venture that she was able to amass her fine collection of Tibetan Art. Beginning in 1943, Marchais and her husband, Harry Klauber, transformed their Staten Island property into a retreat like setting complete with Himalayan-style buildings, terraced gardens and a fish and lotus pond. It was her intention that visitors experience her collection in a contextual setting.
More than 65 years since the Museum’s founding, the founder’s mission and vision still hold true. 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 and inspire appreciation of Himalayan cultures and to foster better global understanding. The Museum preserves its unique collection of rare and sacred artifacts and provides careful stewardship of its historic buildings and gardens which are listed on both the New York State and National Registers of Historic Places.
Currently the Museum is implementing a three part strategic plan with a focus on institutional advancement, programs and collections, and restoration of the buildings and grounds. Your donation will greatly assist in these endeavors. Thank you for your donation. We look forward to seeing you at the Museum.